Catholic high schools, academies of diocese set graduation ceremonies for 612

Graduates of Bloomington Central Catholic celebrate after Mass at Epiphany Church in Normal in this 2015 file photo. (Provided photo/Jim Reckard)

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled this month at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. A total of 612 seniors are expected to receive diplomas.

Two schools have planned ceremonies for next weekend, May 14-15. They include:

  • St. Bede Academy in Peru, which will host a baccalaureate Mass at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The school’s 65 seniors will receive diplomas the following day during 2 p.m. ceremonies. Both events are in the Abbey Church.
  • Schlarman Academy in Danville will award diplomas to 20 seniors during ceremonies that begin with a 3 p.m. Mass at St. Paul Church on Sunday, May 15.

Schools that will host graduations on Sunday, May 22, include:

  • Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. A Mass followed by graduation ceremonies for the school’s 73 seniors is planned for 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church.
  • The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, where 79 seniors will take part in a 2 p.m. Mass and graduation activities in the school gym.

Commencement exercises at the final three schools will be on Sunday, May 29.

  • Alleman High School in Rock Island will distribute diplomas during 1 p.m. ceremonies at Centennial Hall of Augustana College. The school’s 112 seniors will also take part in a baccalaureate Mass planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Christ the King Church in Moline.
  • Peoria Notre Dame will hold baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremonies for 184 seniors at the Peoria Civic Center starting at 2 p.m.
  • Marquette Academy’s 79 seniors will receive diplomas during 3 p.m. ceremonies in the school’s Bader Gym in Ottawa. A Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at St. Patrick Church.
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