The Final Farewell

Maura Furst receives congratulations on her final walk through the halls of Saint Vincent de Paul Regional School in Mays Landing. Below, the kindergarten girls who were still crying after the final farewell to their prayer partners. Pictured from left: Zoë Jones, Jazmine Soler, Kate Coupland, Dana Angelo, Alexa Steelman and Daniella LeRose.

Schools in the Diocese of Camden have various traditions for their graduating eighth graders, from class trips to picnics to awards ceremonies.

At some schools the graduates take a final walk through the hallways to be congratulated by family, faculty, staff and underclassmen, including the kindergarten children they mentored throughout the year.

It is, always, an emotional event.

The final walk at Bishop McHugh School, Cape May Court House.
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff