Honor Graduates: 24

National Honor Society: 43

Valedictorian: Ashley Kolar

Salutatorian: Annie Gilliam

National Merit Recognition: Clara Allen, National Merit Commended Student; Marlena Gutierrez, National Hispanic Recognition Program

In his last official act as pastor at Our Lady Sorrows, the Rev. Stan De Boe delivered the keynote address at the 90th annual St. Joseph High School commencement Sunday night.

"This is the last memory I will have in Victoria, since I leave tomorrow morning," De Boe said. "Perhaps all of us now are moving on to new adventures."

Speaking to the 84 graduates and hundreds of parents and friends packed into the Victoria Independent School District Fine Arts Center, De Boe offered his final wisdom to the crowd, touching on the importance of wisdom and faith, drawing parallels to the themes of the 1939 film, "The Wizard of OZ."

"Wisdom doesn't need a piece of paper to back it up. It carries with it a contentment that requires no external documentation, yet we need to have it to be validated in some way," De Boe said. "The Scarecrow's diploma represents his foundation. He didn't read one book on his journey to the Emerald City, but he exhibited wisdom by his words and actions."

The salutatory address was delivered by Annie Gilliam, who will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall. The valedictory address was given by Ashley Kolar, who also will be attending Texas A&M University.

Each of the 84 graduates will be attending higher education in the fall, De Boe said.

Jennifer Preyss-Mathlouthi is an award-winning faith writer and columnist.