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The Message -- for Catholics of .f.svesWrn Indiana June 8, 1990 IIII III 396 Catholic high school seniors graduate By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Wdter Three-hundred-ninety-six seniors have graduated from the five Catholic high schools located in the Diocese of Evansville. Forty-three students graduated from Marian Height, Academy, Ferdinand, on Me 19. On May 25, 16 senio graduated from Rivet Hip School, Vincennes, and on M: 27, 24 students graduated fro Washington Catholic Hig School, Washington. Students from bot): 'Evansville Catholic high schools graduated on June 3. Mater Dei High School had 120 graduates and Memorial High School had 193 graduates. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, spoke at Mater Dei's graduation June 3. During her commencement address, she encouraged the graduates to "remember to love with all your heart -- your family and your friends. They are God's gifts to you. Cherish every mo- ment you have with them. "Secondly, remember that life can sometimes be hard, and those things we sometimes take for granted may not always be there." She told the graduates that everyone experiences difficult times in their lives, but that many of our greatest oppor- tunities come into our lives disguised as problems. She told the students that when people experience tragedy or hard times, they will go through a process. First, they will cry. Then they will be silent. And finally, they will sing. "During the silent period, after we cry, it's hard to sing. But then there comes a day when, without a conscious ef- fort, we begin to hum, or whis- tle -- somehow we sing. That indicates that we are getting better .... It doesn't mean we will forget -- we will not forget. But it does mean that we will notice the beauty in this world again. We will love again, we will dance and we will sing again." She encouraged the graduates to "hug your friends a little tighter" and to "tell your parents you love them and thank them for all their efforts in helping you get where you are today." And she asked them to "make a promise to yourself right now, that no matter how tough life gets, that you will have faith and hope and that you will do all you can to be able to sing again." Rivet High School seniors Shawn Hite and Jason Bousley march into the Ralph Holscher gym for graduation ceremonies May 25. Sixteen students graduated from the Vincennes Catholic high school. Jason Hamilton shows his diploma to his sister, Ashley, following graduation ceremonies for Mater Dei High School, Evansville, One-hundred-twenty seniors graduated from Mater Dei on June 3. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes Chad Ruston makes a final adjustment on his graduation cap before June 3 ceremonies. He was one of 193 seniors graduating from Memorial High School, Evansville. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughe ceremonies. Twenty-four seniors graduated on May 27. celebrate following graduation The 43 members of the 76th high school graduation class at  Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinan d, march into the chapel for their commencement ceremony.