Brick Walk, Baccalaureate Mass & Luncheon and Graduation
The Damien Class of 2019 participated in events that led to their graduation. Thursday, May 23, 2019, was a day for our seniors to participate in the tradition of the brick walk. Seniors met in front of the chapel and were presented their class brick, to be placed alongside previous graduating class bricks. This collection of bricks forms a path known as the Viriliter Age Pathway Memorial. Each graduating class from 1966-2005 is represented by a brick on the path. All members of the Class of 1966 has an individual name brick along the path, to commemorate the first graduating class. From 2006 on, graduating seniors walk the path and place their class brick on the walkway to join the alumni ranks.
On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at Saint Theresa Church in Kalihi, with Bishop Larry Silva presiding. A luncheon followed at Dole Cannery Ballrooms. Awards for academic excellence and special recognition were presented to deserving seniors. It was a wonderful morning and afternoon for our seniors, families, guests, and faculty and staff.
On Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, our seniors, dressed in tuxedoes and gowns, took to the stage to receive their diplomas. Janice Manzano gave an opening prayer, and the event was filled with inspiring speeches from President Brother Walsh, Principal Dr. Atabay, and Salutatorian Nina Bumanglag, and Valedictorian Christopher Okumura. Award winners were also recognized. Josiah Saifoloi gave a closing prayer before graduates left the stage. Following the ceremony, graduates were congratulated by their family, friends, and faculty and staff. Later in the afternoon, graduates went on to attend Damien’s first Project Grad. Graduation was a proud day for Damien Memorial School! Congratulations, Class of 2019! Viriliter Age!