Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School's Class of 2019 closed one chapter of their lives and began another at their graduation ceremony on June7.
Under sunny skies on the Lower Terrace, 35 eighth-graders stepped forward to claim their diplomas. Student speakers Jack Ratcliff and Miriam Riley talked about the relationships they forged at Catalina, their memorable experiences, and the independence they gained. Looking forward to high school, Jack said, "Catalina has prepared me over the years for this new adventure. I will bring with me a smile, a kind word, a positive mindset, a willingness to laugh at life, and an appreciation of my many years at Catalina."
Pamela Ham Butler '88, '84 LS, a Monterey County Superior Court judge, was the distinguished Commencement speaker. Encouraging students to continually nurture their character, she shared some simple advice, "sometimes so obvious it's overlooked": Be thankful to and of others, talk less, listen more, be kind, and appreciate the little moments of life.
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