“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Christ centered values that promote this mindset are explicitly shown through the activities at Catholic High School of New Iberia, and there is a long standing tradition of encouraging graduates to follow their vocation upon entering the world of adulthood. The commencement ceremony marks a new beginning for the young alumni, and ceremonial locations have ranged from the Sugar Cane Festival Building to Saint Peter’s Church, its primary location. Catholic High is celebrating its centennial year just as the school is approaching its ninety-eighth graduating class, the Class of 2019 The location and form of graduation have been altered over the years at Catholic High, but the sentimental value of the commencement ceremony holds true to this day as seen in yearbook pictures throughout the decades.
Through the decades, graduation has evolved in various ways. First, the location has been in both church parishes and even the Sugarcane Festival Building. Graduation has always been held during a Mass to commemorate the seniors. Today, graduation is held at St. Peter’s Church during a Mass for the seniors and their families.
The first graduating class of St. Peter’s College consisted of seven seniors
SPC Class of 1945
MCA Class of 1955
SPC Class of 1955
CHS Class of 1975