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Class of 2024 Completes Their Prep Journey at Graduation

Class of 2024 Completes Their Prep Journey at Graduation

Congratulations to the 211 members of the class of 2024 who completed their formative journey at Creighton Prep with graduation on Sunday, May 19 in the Heider Center.

Salutatorian and master of ceremonies Jack Goltl welcomed the audience to the event and served as master of ceremonies. He was followed by a performance of our national anthem from the chamber choir and an opening prayer by Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ.

In his opening remarks, Head of School Bill Gotch ‘91 congratulated the seniors on “reaching this major milestone in life’s journey.” He also thanked the parents for choosing to send their sons to Creighton Prep and for “entrusting them to us these last four years.”

After jubilarian class diplomas were given to members of the class of 1974, valedictorian Mark Bausch delivered the commencement address. In his remarks, he recounted the many accomplishments of a class that began their Prep journey in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our class is defined by resilience,” he said. “We embraced those initial challenges, and we built on them.”

Mark also noted that over 70% of the class of 2024 received a scholarship offer to college and that one-third were awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

The proceedings then featured a video of senior class members saying “thank you” to the people who contributed to the excellence of their Prep experience, including parents, teachers, coaches and classmates.

Following that, Creighton Prep President Fr. Matt Spotts, SJ presented the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Award to Mark Bausch. Fr. Spotts reminded all that it is the “highest honor we give to a graduating senior” who integrates the qualities outlined in the profile of the Graduate at Graduation: open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to doing justice.

Mr. Gotch then presented the annual Michael Hindelang, SJ Award for Teaching Excellence to Guidance Counselor Mr. Tom Reinhart, noting his exceptional work in many areas. He also highlighted Tom's great collaboration with his Student Support Services colleagues to “reenvision what was once known as the Laughlin Hour and is now known as the Student Success Hour.”

Fr. Spotts then presented diplomas to each member of the class of 2024 and led the audience in prayer to close the ceremony.

Click here to view a recording of the ceremony on the Creighton Prep TV channel on YouTube.