WCC’s Graduation 2020: An Event to Remember

It certainly wasn’t the Graduation Week anyone could have predicted, but when the Class of 2020 returned to Lander last week for one of the few in-person college graduations the country has seen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the joy and energy on display was palpable.

While the recommendations of state and local authorities made a “normal” graduation impossible–bringing the entire student body back to town and adding in the family and friends of the seniors was deemed too much of a risk–the thirty-six young men and women managed to make it feel like a full-blown celebration all the same. And there was a bit of a silver lining to holding such an unusual ceremony. In an attempt to shorten the distance and to help the Class of 2020’s parents, family, and friends celebrate the events of Graduation Week with their seniors, the College made the Saturday morning ceremony the first Livestreamed event in the College history.

Videos of the weekend’s various events are featured in a YouTube playlist below: Dr. Arbery’s Presidential Address, the Choir’s composite performance of the Alma Mater (featured at the beginning of every Commencement ceremony), Miguel Fiandeiro’s Senior Address, Father Mitch Pacwa’s Commencement Address, and the ceremony in its entirety (which includes the last three videos mentioned above, as well as the conferral of degrees and Dr. Arbery’s Charge to the Graduates). Congratulations, Wyoming Catholic College’s Class of 2020, and may God bless your future endeavors!

Genevieve Nicole Aguirre (Atascadero, CA)
Ryan James Alexander (Centerton, AR)
Robert Michael Belken (Farmington, MO)
Rosemarie Jacinta Chance (Rolling Prairie, IN)
Sean Marshall Conner (West Des Moines, IA)
Abel Solanus Cunningham (Jordan Valley, OR)
Brigid Mary Daly (Aurora, CO)
Rocco Anthony DeFelice (Trumbull, CT)
Mary Frances Grace Teresa Deucher (Vass, NC)
Parker Graham John Eidle (Reading, PA)
Miguel Lorenzo Fiandeiro (San Jose, CA)
Rose Catherine Mary French (Siren, WI)
Nathan Philip Gage (Ada, MI)
Evelyn Mairead Grimm (La Mesa, CA)
Sundance Sage Medicine-Horse Dane Matthew Hagestad (Billings, MT)
Grace Catherine Harrigan (Wildwood, IL)
Mari Virginia Heithoff (Berryton, KS)
Marc Jeffrey Landry (Londonderry, NH)
Francis Joseph Marie Langley (Savannah, GA)
Benjamin David McCullough (Billings, MT)
Paul Joseph Merimee (Strongsville, OH)
Kaitlin Hope Meyer (Bozeman, MT)
Sophia Marie Michael (Rogers, MN)
Jacob William Ramaekers (Elkhorn, NE)
Hannah Marie Renouard (Butte, MT)
Emma Marie Roberts (Key West, FL)
Michael David Rose (Harker Heights, TX)
Joel Michael Samec (Stillwater, MN)
Anna Elizabeth Snell (Thompson Falls, MT)
Katrina Marie St. Pierre (Goffstown, NH)
Kari Aune Stachyra (Stillwater, MN)
Catherine Philomena Stypa (Tucson, AZ)
Margaret Mary Van Hecke (Sussex, WI)
Marley Nicole Wellwerts (San Diego, CA)
Ian Brooks Whitmore (Austin, TX)
Simon Zachary Zahaykevitz (Fitzwilliam, NH)


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