By Kim Walter - firstname.lastname@example.org
During commencement exercises at Christendom College in Front Royal last Saturday 99 Bachelor of Arts and one Associate of Arts degrees were awarded to the class of 2012.
The class of 100 was the largest in the school's history since its founding in 1977.
According to a release issued by the college, the Rev. Kenneth Baker, editor emeritus of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, founder of the Sisters of Life, spoke to the graduates during the celebratory weekend.
Baker "warned graduates of the current hostility towards religion and particularly Catholicism" during his address on Friday, but also said "their education has prepared them to engage the culture," the release states.
After receiving an honorary doctorate, Baker encouraged students to become writers and "not let the atheists and the secularists dominate the works of print and images as they seem to do at the present time."
Dr. Warren Carroll, the college's founder, passed away last July and marked this year's graduation as the first he had missed in the college's history.
Several students were honored and spoke, including valedictorian Michael Strickland of Front Royal, salutatorian Frances Allington of England and Student Achievement Award winner Chris Foeckler of Manassas.
In Strickland's address, he suggested that Christendom not only train students for future jobs, but also in virtue.
"Graduation should mark not so much the end of our learning, then, but the beginning," he said according to the release.