NEW ULM - Faith and optimism for the future were the focus at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School's graduation ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
Fifty-five students received diplomas.
Prof. Mark Paustian, whose daughter Abigail was among the graduates, gave the commencement address. He described how students' faith would travel with them no matter where they journeyed.
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Hyeon Jung Jung accepted her diploma from MVL Board Chairman Jim Hahn on Sunday at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School’s Graduation Ceremony.
"God overcomes any kind of distance," said Paustian.
Student speaker Kate Ruschmeyer reminded graduates how they were blessed to be able to attend MVL.
"It's a rare thing to be able to easily talk with any member of your high school. This class had that," said Ruschmeyer.
There will be many ways to proceed forward in life, but success should be gauged on the connection to their faith, she said,
"[God] is the reason we have hope for our future," said Ruschmeyer.
Student speaker Phil Biedenbender, who was valedictorian, similarly addressed the class. He warned them they would face many challenges in their future, which would range from learning to live on their own to living with people who might not share their faith. He said turning to God in times of struggle would help them see it through.
"God will be with us at all times and in all places," said Biedenbender.