Bruce Stanley II said he had mixed feels about Saturday.

Bruce Stanley II said he had mixed feels about Saturday.

That was the day he and 25 other seniors graduated from Immaculata High School.

Stanley, class salutatorian, said graduation marked the closing of one door and the opening of another.

"We've worked so hard and accomplished so much at Immaculata," he said.

The commencement ceremony for the Leavenworth Catholic high school was hosted at the University of Saint Mary.

The ceremony included remarks by valedictorian Liz Lee.

"Every time we were challenged, we didn't just give up," Lee said.

As a team, members of the class of 2014 made each other strong, she said.

Together, Lee said, the graduates will continue to write the story of Immaculata's class of 2014.

"We always had each other, and we will always have each other," she said.

As valedictorian, Lee was presented the school's Hanley Award for academics.

Graduating senior James Cha was presented the Hanley Award for inspirational and talented athletics.

Cheyenne Spain received the Bernard S. Kelly Award. Academic Adviser Paula Hyde said this is awarded by a majority faculty vote and is presented to the senior who best exemplifies "scholarship, leadership, service and character."

As is tradition, a member of the high school faculty also addressed the graduating class.

Principal Helen Schwinn said math teacher Pat Moran was chosen by seniors to speak during the commencement ceremony.

Schwinn noted that Moran, who has been teaching since 1964, will be inducted this week into the Immaculata Hall of Fame.

Moran said a lot has changed since he graduated from high school in 1960. Back then, he said, a loaf of bread cost between 15 and 20 cents.

"Telephones were fastened to the wall," he said.

He said one thing that shouldn't change in the lives of the graduating seniors is their belief in God.

"God will always be there," he said.

He told students to make simple goals.

"They don't need to be complicated," he said.

Moran also suggested students be realistic as they set goals and give themselves enough time to reach each objective.

He said discipline, hard work and effort are what every employer wants from employees.

Moran encouraged graduating seniors to be positive and respectful.

"Good luck as you continue down the path in life that you choose," he said.