Damien Memorial School’s 1966 graduation class, the first ever, has been invited to attend the other major milestone commencement ceremony in school history—the first co-ed graduation for the class of 2016 later this month. While the elder class is honored at the invite and will acknowledge the 2016 class, the “Class of 1966 is planning three days of events for our 50th Reunion,” reported ’66 alumnus Floyd Baptist, and former DMS Board of Directors Chair.
Baptist said the ’66 class was “purchasing a new 2016 paver for the Viriliter Age Pathway, which will acknowledge their class as being the First Coed Class at Damien.” Fellow ’66 graduates Al Morreira, David Yamada, and Joseph Akim, along with Baptist had been restoring the pathway near the St. Damien statue the last few weekends in preparation of the new paver. (Baptist and Morreira, as well as Henry Katsuda, the keynote speaker at the 2016 Senior Class Luncheon will be featured in the next publication of Damien Memorial School’s e-newsletter.)
Baptist and Akim had conceptualized the pathway to be lined with pavers from each graduating class, linking the school’s first class to those that came after. The first phase was constructed approximately a decade ago and the pathway will be part of the reunion events.
The first day of events for the 1966 class will be held on Friday, May 27, to celebrate “when the class of 2016 takes [its] place in Damien history by walking the Viriliter Age Pathway,” said Baptist. “There will be a luncheon, given by Damien, after the walk for members of 1966 class, members of 2016 class and guest.” After the luncheon the ’66 class will tour Damien’s campus and then gather together at the Waikiki Elks Club.
On Saturday, May 28, the ’66 grads will enjoy the bountiful and scrumptious dinner buffet at Prince Court in the Hawaii Prince Hotel and Golf Club. And on Sunday, May 29, they will gather for a “Mass at Damien, driven to 2016 graduation by Oahu Party Bus,” said Baptist; “after graduation, board Oahu Party Bus for a Magical Memory Tour of favorite locations and happenings during high school years to end back at Damien.” Good fun and good luck to the Pioneer Class of 1966! More to report in the next newsletter...