A special, socially distant graduation ceremony was held May 27 for Notre Dame High School senior Kyle Parker.
Notre Dame president George Valadie and a group of teachers took part in a commencement service for Kyle in the NDHS auditorium.
Kyle will not be able to graduate with his senior class later this summer because, as a member of the Army Reserves, he will be going through Army Reserves training at Fort Leonard Wood in mid-June before beginning classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this fall.
Mr. Valadie commented on social media that he and Notre Dame High School are “forever indebted to Kyle and all who serve.”
Notre Dame chaplain Father Christopher Manning gave the invocation at Kyle’s graduation. The diploma was presented by Laura Swenson, academic dean, and John Mullin, dean of students. Director of admissions Laura Goodhard also inducted Kyle into the Alumni Association.
Jeff McIntosh, band director and chair of the Fine Arts Department, played both “Pomp and Circumstance” as Kyle entered and the National Anthem.