OLP’s Month-Long Celebration of the Class of 2020

For the first time in the history of the school, 138 years, commencement was broadcast virtually and brought together a global attendance. OLP has long been on the cutting edge of technology practices and made a historic move to ensure that all 166 graduates were showcased live receiving their diploma from parents, guardians, and family members. Nearly 5,000 guest tuned in live to the ceremony.

OLP is founded in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s charism of unifying love. We are a sisterhood, empowering young women in an innovative, faith-based learning environment that honors the individual while fostering community. Our unique focus on relationships and community was prominent in our virtual graduation and the events leading up to this special day.

In Head of School Dr. Lauren Lek’s speech, she told the all girls’ graduates, “We cannot hope to understand these times we have been born into, but we were chosen for these times. You are not here by mistake, nor are you graduating in 2020 by accident, you were chosen for this time. You are a class with great tenacity.” 

The school partnered with the production company Encore of San Diego and from a studio in Barrio Logan the OLP team sat with Encore to produce the ceremony, which was flawless as they moved through recorded, live in studio, and live in Zoom interactions. Celebrity singer, Wé McDonald, provided a special tribute song, embracing the resilience of these young women and their courage. Assistant Head of School, Jessica Hooper notes, “When Dr. Lek had this vision to host a virtual graduation we were terrified, the unknown can be scary. But when she is inspired we trust the students are the beneficiaries of greatness. Today’s live-virtual graduation is a testament to her passion for these young women.” The heart of all we do at OLP, says Dr. Lek, as faculty and staff, “is out of love for these students, the next generation of leaders.”

Leading up to this historic event, OLP held several virtual celebratory events for seniors, had senior families drive through OLP’s campus for gifts and boxes, and even gathered faculty and staff for a car parade to deliver each senior their cap and gown at home!

View videos and photos from these events below!

Graduation Photos

Graduation Ceremony

Baccalaureate Mass

Evening of Excellence