People gather for Mass outside Holy Rosary Church in Lander to give thanks to God and celebrate the 2013 graduation class of the Wyoming Catholic College

 Today, the third class will graduate from the Wyoming Catholic College. Family and friends gathered with the College community yesterday evening for a Baccalaureate Mass and dinner.  Bishop Edward Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, was the homilist last night, and will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony later today.

In the short life of this fledgling College, the tradition is that the graduates gather with parents for the President’s Dinner.  A few awards are given and the President address those in attendance.  This was the final year for outgoing President, Fr. Robert Cook.

Fr. Cook has been a dedicated servant and founder of the Wyoming Catholic College.  He has labored faithfully on behalf of the College and those associated with it.  Fr. Cook has promised to work with the incoming president to guarantee a smooth transition.  I was pleased to recognize Fr. Cook at the end of the dinner last night with a few brief comments.  The student-body’s love for Fr. Cook is obvious.

Towards the end of the dinner, two young and very talented graduates came forward to sing a song they had written that captured their four year experience at Wyoming Catholic College.  These two young women could probably make a decent living as entertainers, but something tells me they have even greater gifts and more urgent contributions to make.  The name of their song was Long Days, Short Years.  The blend of their voices was beautiful enough, complimented by the melody of their tune and witty lyrics.  Well done, Sadie and Margie!

You may enjoy reading a recent article on the unique nature of the Wyoming Catholic College in the National Catholic Register.

In-climate weather (translate another heavy snow) has forced moving the graduation ceremonies from Sinks Canyon to Holy Rosary Church.  The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 this morning.