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Saint Mary’s Catholic School graduated its first class of high school seniors since 1964 Wednesday evening during a commencement ceremony. Shown are, from left, keynote speaker Paolo Dulcamara, graduate Conner Ruiz, deacon Robert Quinnett campus minister and interim principal of the school, and graduate Brianna Garncarz.

Saint Mary's grads add to rich history

Saint Mary's Catholic School graduated its first class of high school seniors since 1964 Wednesday evening.

Conner Ruiz and Brianna Garncarz participated in the first commencement ceremony to take place at the school since it opened its virtual high school in partnership with the Archdiocese of Miami Virtual Catholic School two years ago.

Paolo Dulcamara, former principal of Saint Mary's and current assistant principal at MacArthur Middle School, was the keynote speaker. The Rev. Joseph Ross, superintendent of Saint Mary's, gave the invocation.

St. Mary's is the only Catholic school in southwest Oklahoma and has provided Catholic education for over 100 years. The school opened in 1905 and thrived for many years. However, the high school had to close in the 1960s due to declining enrollment.

Two years ago, with the support of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the cooperation of the Archdiocese of Miami, a high school opportunity returned to St. Mary's after the absence of nearly half a century. In partnership with ADOM-VCS, high school students in grades 10

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