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Old Lourdes High School sees final graduating class


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- Whether you are graduating from high school or college, your graduation day is a moment that will stay with you forever. Lourdes High School's latest crop of graduates will remember this day for one more reason as they are the final class to graduate at the old Lourdes building.

It is as if they are all experiencing a beginning and an end.

The newest graduates at Lourdes High School earned their diplomas and set off on a new adventure.

"It's such a great community here at Lourdes," says graduate Steve Bodovinitz. "You recognize people wherever you go, we all see people from Lourdes. You just have that connection with people because you know people from Lourdes."

Yet, not before saying goodbye to a place that has been standing for over 70 years.

"I think it's an honor," explains graduate Kurt Bieniek. "People always ask if I'm sad that I didn't get to see the new school and I always kind of tell them that I think it's pretty cool to say that we're the last graduating class out of the old building, there's so much history here."

121 students that can now call themselves Lourdes alumni, each taking a cross made of the classroom doors with them.

"Absolutely just a magnificent history here," says graduate John Bigler. "A lot of weird parts of the building that a lot of other schools don't have, it has its own character and I think that's what I'll miss most about it."

Each student may have their own path to pave, but they all know that they have a foundation to call upon.

"It gave me a more solid religious background and it just provided me with a lot of friends and family that I can rely on," explains graduate Corissa Dillon. "It's pretty much like a family. I can call up anyone from the school and they'd be there for me."

A family of fellow Lourdes Eagles.

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