This is a big week for Philadelphia’s Catholic high school seniors. Commencement exercises begin today and continue through the week, releasing about 4,000 teenagers from its grasp and onto whatever their next steps are.
Archbishop Ryan, West Catholic and Archbishop Wood seniors will graduate today as McDevitt, Egan, Hallahan, Lansdale and John Paul II celebrate their Baccalaureate masses.
The closing celebrations are likely to be especially sweet for the four schools that came close to shutting for good this year: Egan, St. Hubert’s, West Catholic and Bonner-Prendie. All four were recommended for closure by the Blue Ribbon Commission before last-minute donations spared them that fate.