Emily Drewry stands next to her grandmother, Darleen Craft, during a rehearsal for Sacred Heart High School’s 92nd commencement exercises, held June 6 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.
Mrs. Craft was one of 27 alums from the class of 1964 who shared the evening with the 2014 grads and received “Golden Diplomas.” She is the only grandparent-alumna of a current grad to attend.
“Sacred Heart is a very special school. It gives me goose bumps just to think about it,” she said.
Mrs. Craft taught in Catholic schools for 35 years.
About her granddaughter, she said, “If I were to sit down and write about the perfect child, it would be Emily.”
In an email, Miss Drewry wrote that she has been in varsity soccer for four years and was captain the last two. She was a member of the dance team and the National Honor Society, and she was senior literary editor of the school newspaper, The Forum. She will attend Western Connecticut State University.
“I am very excited to be able to share my graduation experience with my grandmother. She and I are very close and spend nearly every day together. She picks me up from school each day and is very involved in each of my activities. I think that this experience really highlights the family atmosphere of Sacred Heart and highlights the tradition of the Heart. Sacred Heart truly is a family and I can't wait to receive my golden diploma in 50 years, maybe with my own granddaughter!” she wrote. (Photo submitted)