On Sunday, June 5, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy held its annual graduation ceremony. Guests gathered on Crane Field to celebrate the 99 graduates of the class of 2016. The graduates wore white flowing gowns and carried red roses, a tradition since the earliest FSHA graduation in 1933. Valedictorian Kelly Fradet urged her classmates to “think like a scientist” and “never stop asking questions,” while salutatorian Alyssa Carter compared the class of 2016 to an award-winning team, surrounded by cheering coaches.
The keynote speaker was author and alumna Jan Ellison ’83. Ellison recounted her journey as a writer, including winning an O. Henry Award for her first published short story and the publication of her first novel, “A Small Indiscretion” (Random House), last year. She asked the graduates to “handle life roughly.”
The festivities closed with a singing of the alma mater and the traditional rose petal toss.
Photo by Leonard COUTIN