Graduation to be at Memorial Field

Heelan High Graduation will be Outdoors June 27, 2020
Posted on 06/16/2020
Bishop Heelan High School will hold an outdoor graduation ceremony Saturday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Field. KTIV Channel 4 will broadcast the one-hour event. A rain date will be on Sunday. 

Graduates will be seated in the stands six feet apart. Immediate family members and grandparents will be seated on the field where the larger space can accommodate more seating.

The original date of May 17 was cancelled to reduce the risk of possible COVID-19 exposures. The Class numbered 134, but several graduates have gone into military service and several international students have returned to their native countries.

Valedictorian Foster Johnson, a National Merit Finalist and Salutatorian Elizabeth Meyer, a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Finalist, will formally address the Class of 2020. Meyer, the student council president, also will lead her class in the Prayer of St. Francis.

Senior vocal music members will sing the National Anthem and a class tribute. Heelan Chaplain Fr. Shane Deman will give the opening prayer and Principal Christian Bork will bestow diplomas. Dr. John Flanery, president of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, will present honors and closing reflections

“With COVID cases consistently trending downward in the last 4 weeks, we feel an outdoor commencement can be safely held for our graduates and their family members,” said Dr. John Flanery, BHCS President. 

“This Bishop Heelan class of 2020 is truly exceptional. So we are truly delighted we can honor these high-achieving graduates with a ceremony that concludes up to 14 years of education in our Catholic school system.”

• Valedictorian is Foster Johnson Salutatorian is Elizabeth Meyer
• 134 students in the Heelan Class of 2020
• 22% scored a 30 or higher on ACT exams
• 39 students earned a cumulative GPA of 4.00 or higher
• $15.5 million awarded in academic and sports scholarships 
• 93% are going on to college 
• 81% were offered Scholarships 43 different colleges have been chosen by graduates.
• 52% earned a silver cord for community service. 
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