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Page 77 text:
Towards Eternal Commencement . . .
SHE sat next to me in assembly the day be-
fore, and we had discussed the most popular
subject of the month-our Senior Prom. Her
formal was a billowy pink, and she was as
excited as the rest of us, for she was our repre-
sentative on the Prom Committee.
Had it dawned on us that this was our last
conversation together and that by tomorrow
she would have met her Maker, perhaps our
discussion would have followed quite a differ-
ent trendg but no one but God, in His Omnis-
cience, knew that she would be absent from
her long-anticipated Senior Prom, or that we
would never see her again-alive!
Eor within forty-eight fleeting hours, Marie
Ciugliuzza was summoned to Eternity, sud-
denly and without any premonitory signs. No
one would have guessed that her time was so
very shortg yet fewer can judge why her life
was terminated just at that moment, when her
graduation loomed in the foreground, so grand
She loved life and lived it to its fullest, and
in death she carried with her the symbols of
this love, her new formal-the reminder of
her last high school prom: her rosary-the
bond between her world and eternity: her
graduation cap-the climax of four wonderful
years at Notre Dame.
Although Marie never had the chance to
wear her cap, she did not miss the graduation,
for she is already an alumna, far greater than
any of us. She was graduated alone, and the
exercise did not end with a diploma, but with
a crown of gold, for hers was the Eternal
Died January 10, 1945
There is a missing link in the graduating
class of '45, and there will be an unseen gap
in the processional march to the stagehon the
night of June l0. But in our hearts there will
be a tender memory and a fervent prayer for
our missing classmate.
And so with this memory, and with re-
newed faith and courage we will go out to
meet the world she left, leaving Notre Dame
with the assurance that her prayers will guide
the Senior Class of '45 to its Einal Commence-
fEditor's Note: lVritren by Jerry Jannazo,
Editor ofthe Tower, in the January 26, 1945,
Page 76 text:
Hope of ,tho World . . .
MARIE GUGLIUZZA ....... Our beloved envoy to Christ's throne --
High school days in retrospect, the
SENIORS --- ........ graduates dressed in their four-gears' best
Tomorrow's seniors, class of '46 with
JUNIORS ...... .... a spirit that clicks ...... .-.- ..4...,.
Stars of the second floor, sparkling
SOPHOMORES --- .... with fun and mischief ........,. ----
Our kid sisters, a big class
FRESHMEN .... .... w ith bigger hearts ,H,v --
Cute little cut-ups, bubbling
GRADE EIGHT --- ..... with youth's efervescence ---- --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS .... Her Majesty, the Queen, and her court -
PATRONS .... ---"Thanks for the memories" -- --
SENIOR DIRECTORY ..7.., Home is where the heart lies --- --
Page 78 text:
Ohf The good happy school days, Spent in learning our aim,
Where true pals greet each other, Guided by dear Notre Dame,
Hours that speed swiftly onward, Striving for future and fame,
All for the honor and glory, Of our dear loved Notre Dame,
Here's to our dear Alma Mater beloved,
Let us give praise to her name above,
May she continue fore'er the same,
Notre Dame, Notre Dame,
We will always remember you,
Cherish and honor our white and blue.
Never will shame dim your glorious name,
, Here's to our loved Notre Dame.
pr I W When we must all bid you farewell, Ne'er to see you again,
May your protection still guide us, Always our own Notre Dame,
El921nOr P3f1'iCk And in the years that will follow, Though our life's path's strewn with pain
Senior Class president There will always be sweet memories, Of you, beloved Notre Dame.
N December 7 of our freshman year, the attack on Pearl Har-
bor brought War to the United States and an entirely new mode of
life to high-school students throughout the nation. We were
scared, there's no doubt about it, for living conditions during "the
duration" were sharply different. That iirst year was a transi-
tion from the frills of civilian life to the shortages of wartime liv-
ing. Since those days, We have seen four years of strife, and have
become the first class at Notre Dame Academy to have spent all
our high-school years under War conditions.
lt hasn't been easy, adjusting our schedules to the pace of war-
time restrictions. We have had dateless dances, and meatless meals,
our families have been separated and scattered around the globe,
and still high school has gone on for us. We have cherished the
hours, like minutes, that have slipped by almost unnoticed-hours
that spelled gay, grand times for all of us, even Without the "nor-
mal" life of pre-War years.
And yet, through all this mixed-up existence since 1941, We
have built a World of realities based on complete trust in God's Di-
vine Providence. Despite the terrible days we have been through- Mary Adams
days of Corregidor, the North African struggle, the Ardennes
break-through-We have kept as our guide the hope for a better
world. lf We use our Catholic education to help mold this World
of peace, then perhaps the seniors of l945 will be not only the
first, but also the last, wartime class to graduate from Notre Dame
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