Wyoming Catholic College Graduates Called to “Become Missionaries of Hope!”

On Saturday, the members of Wyoming Catholic College’s Class of 2019 made their way across the Lander Community Center stage and received their diplomas. At forty-two members strong, this was the College’s largest graduating class to date—a fact further evidenced by the 600+ friends, family, and community members who attended the event.

William Eby (from Whitehouse, OH), this year’s Senior Class Speaker, spoke of what he and his classmates had experienced during their four years at Wyoming Catholic and of how these lessons will continue to influence their lives. “During our Freshman year,” he said, “we learned that a story is not understood until a conclusion. And we do not realize why the middle chapters are important and necessary until we discover what their consequences are at the very end. This graduation is the conclusion of our four-year story, and it gives coherence to our actions. But it is also a continuation. As we go out from here, we must continue our quest for the truth, we must keep the faith, and we must never forget our neighbors along the way.”

The event’s Commencement Speaker was Bishop David L. Ricken, head of Wisconsin’s Diocese of Green Bay and one of Wyoming Catholic College’s original founders. He echoed Eby’s themes of companionship and generosity, adding to them the obligations and the gratitude that must accompany those gifts. “You have earned a reputation for joy and humility,” he said. “You have been given the ability to talk to anyone no matter their views or background, and can accompany that person a few steps along their journey to the truth.” “Here,” he reminded them, “you have encountered what is truly real! Your mission now is to carry that to others. You must become missionaries of Hope!”

The Wyoming Catholic College Class of 2019:
Dominic Joseph Francis Antunes (Front Royal, VA)
Katharine Josephine Baron (Lander, WY)
Mark Gerrard Beckman (Barkhamsted, CT)
Brianna Shaelyn Bolin (Anchorage, AK)
Eilis Marie Brooks (Linesville, PA)
Logan Danielle Christie (Roanoke, IN)
Veronica Maria Judith Leticia Teresa Clarke (Princeton, NJ)
Margaret Mary Dowling (Littleton, CO)
William Gerard Eby (Whitehouse, OH)
Mary Angela Evinger (Halliday, ND)
James Peter Fay (Birmingham, AL)
Sean Thomas Floody (Cumming, GA)
Bibiana Maria Grimm (Pasadena, CA)
Graham Lowell Harrison (Kansas City, MO)
Nathaniel Albert Heithoff (Berryton, KS)
Kateri Rose Houser (Palmer, AK)
Michaela Rose Houser (Palmer, AK)
Caitlynn Leeann Hunt (Phoenix, AZ)
Mary Frances Johnson (Rayne, LA)
Michele Thérèse Kaiser (Ventura, CA)
Carol Anna Kilman (Colorado Springs, CO)
Nicklaus Francis King (Glendale Heights, IL)
Wyatt Christopher Klein (Milton-Freewater, OR)
Marie Christine Lawless (Broken Arrow, OK)
Olivia Nicole Long (Sacramento, CA)
Catherine Alice Mershon (Taylors, SC)
Madison Elaine Michieli (Littleton, CO)
Joshua Michael Mireles (Austin, TX)
Dominique Cecelia Nemeth (Boca Raton, FL)
Sarah Therese Rahilly (Londonderry, NH)
Anthony Isaac Reynolds (Dillingham, AK)
Sophia Carmen Maria Kateri Sage (Royal Oaks, CA)
Hannah Paige Scheidel (Mohnton, PA)
Donan George Scholl (Mission, KS)
Brandon Tyler Seedorf (Highlands Ranch, CO)
William Lewis Stivers (Pflugerville, TX)
John William Thrippleton III (Braham, MN)
Patrick Keller Tippmann Jr. (Fort Wayne, IN)
Veronica Ann Walsh (Yerington, NV)
Andrew James Westerman (Aptos, CA)
Mary Jessica Woods (Highland, IN)
Izabela Ania Zagorski (Ashland, OR)

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