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Graduation and church services commune under same roof

5/22/2014

Sunday will be a full day for students, families and alumni of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays.

It will begin with a 10 a.m. public reception on campus for Kathleen Cepelka, the speaker for the 2014 graduation, where 58 students will receive their diplomas.

The commencement, normally in Al Billinger Fieldhouse on campus, has been moved to a local Catholic church because of ongoing construction to update fire exits from the upper level.

The Baccalaureate Mass is set for noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with graduation at 2 p.m., also at the church.

Cepelka, a former principal and president of TMP in the 1980s, now serves as superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The reception for Cepelka, the first female principal at TMP, will be in the school dining hall.