It was a Candle-Rose Ceremony marking the start of a new era for 88-year-old St. Francis School on Thursday, May 16.
Inside the school’s new gym the 74 members of the first coed St. Francis graduating class received roses from the 70 junior class members.
The seniors handed lighted candles to the juniors to symbolically help them see their way through their last year of high school.
Valedictorian Germaine Kabutaulaka said being part of the first coed graduating class is both an honor and a responsibility to provide an example to the graduating classes to come.
Sister Joan of Arc Souza, the head of school who presided over the Candle-Rose Ceremony, began admitting boys to the lower grades in 2006. St. Francis was founded in 1924 as a convent school.
St. Francis will hold its commencement exercises on May 26 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms.