St. Ignatius graduation marks many accomplishments

Graduates and members of the St. Ignatius church and school at the graduation ceremony.

It was standing room only at Loyola Hall for the St. Ignatius Catholic School Year 11 and 13 graduation ceremony.

Top student Ruth Harris receives the Ernst & Young Highest Academic Achievement Award from EY's Marco Calleja.
Top student Ruth Harris receives the Ernst & Young Highest Academic Achievement Award from EY’s Marco Calleja.

Supported by family, friends and members of the school and church community, the 61 graduates received certificates for completing the IGCSE or A Level programs at the ceremony on June 23.

The certificates were presented by Monsignor Robert McClory, the moderator of the Curia and the vicar general of the archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan. A number of students received individual prizes for outstanding achievements.

The Year 11 Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year Award was presented to Ruth Harris, an honors graduate with distinction and subject prize winner in seven subjects. She was also involved in numerous other activities. Ruth graduated with the highest grade point average in the school’s history (4.26) and was also awarded the Ernst & Young Achievement Award for Academic Excellence 2016. Ruth is only the third student in the past 20 years to graduate with distinction. She attained a perfect 4.50 GPA on her last assessment of Year 11.

The student addresses were given by Bianca Meghoo, Year 11, Stephanie Gunby, Year 13, who highlighted memorable moments of their time at St. Ignatius. They also thanked their parents, the administration and the teaching staff for ongoing support and guidance.

The graduation ceremony also included music by the band, conducted by Simon Donoghue, and by the steel band, led by Michael Lemay.