The Viriliter Age Pathway ceremony held on Friday, May 27th would serve as a prelude to a busy, historic weekend for Damien Memorial seniors. But the walk on the pathway itself by the 2016 class proved to literally and figuratively link it with all classes that came before it, and placed it in a position to link itself with all future classes.
The ceremony began after commencement exercise practice when the seniors gathered around the pathway fronting the Saint Damien statue. Members of the 1966 graduating class, Damien’s first, awaited them. Mr. Alejo, Dean of Students led everyone in a blessing and Floyd Baptist, a 1966 alum and former Chairman of Damien Memorial School’s Board of Directors, presented a “2016” paver that the 1966 class had made, in acknowledgement of Damien’s first co-ed graduating class.
Each senior then took a walk along the pathway and touched the new paver, amidst applause from members of the ’66 class. Both classes headed for the cafeteria after the ceremony for a luncheon hosted by the school.
The Viriliter Age Pathway was constructed in 2006 by members of the 1966 class and gifted to the school as part of their 40th reunion festivities. Mr. Baptist along with fellow classmates Joseph Akim, Al Morreira, and David Yamada recently refurbished the pathway for the 1966 graduation golden anniversary. The class of 1966 also generously donated two chilled water fountain/bottle filling stations on campus.
Hopefully the walk of the Viriliter Age Pathway will also serve as a prelude to continued friendship and fellowship in the future when the 2016 seniors become proud Damien alumni, just like the class of 1966.