Torrance, CA (May 28, 2019): This year, Bishop Montgomery celebrated its fifty-ninth commencement when the Class of 2019 received their diplomas on Friday, May 24. The ceremony was held in Bishop Montgomery’s Knight Stadium with over 2,500 people in attendance.
Twenty-six seniors were acknowledged as valedictorians for earning cumulative GPA’s of 4.45 and higher. Senior Matthew Norambuena, who earned the class’ highest GPA of 4.76 and will attend Northwestern University, gave the valedictory address. Two seniors, Kennedy Dierks (Seton Hall) and Kayla Padilla (University of Pennsylvania), were named Co-Salutatorians and also addressed their class. With humorous, yet moving speeches, each touched on some of the highlights from the class’ four years at Bishop Montgomery.
Fr. Jonathon Meyer '04, Assistant Director of the Queen of Angels Center for Priestly Formation and Mount St. Mary's University Campus Chaplain, served as the archdiocese’s representative and conferred the diplomas. Before awarding the diplomas, Fr. Jonathan implored the graduates to always keep their faith first as they embark on new adventures and chapters in their lives. He reminded them to find joy in everything they do-- not just for themselves, but for their families, for their colleagues, and for a world that most needs it.
At the 90 minute ceremony’s conclusion, the seniors moved their tassels from right to left and Principal Jim Garza pronounced them officially as “alumni of Bishop Montgomery High School.” After they processed off the field, the graduates were greeted by families and friends for pictures all over the BMHS campus that lasted well into the afternoon.
To watch the ceremony, please click here. Thank you to Mr. Samar Raad (Markus '18, Joey '19 and Leilah '23).