A Golden Jubilee
By Sue Ann Bryant Wargo ‘69
St. Andrew’s Priory Class of 1969 celebrated its 50th reunion the same weekend of The Priory’s Class of 2019 Commencement. Perhaps the most indelible memory for many of us was that 39 classmates – including 14 joining from off-island – attended the reunion.
Our sisterhood came today on the first day of our reunion with Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick in the Cathedral of St. Andrew for Morning Prayer to give thanks for those able to join the celebration, prayers for those unable to attend and a poignant moment of reflection for those who have passed on.
Following the chapel service, we walked to ‘Iolani Palace for a tour, and then returned to The Priory campus for lunch and a campus tour. Head of School Ruth Fletcher warmly welcomed our class and shared updates about the school.
The next day, we met at Neiman Marcus Mariposa Restaurant with our guests and enjoyed a lovely evening of fellowship, dinner, and lots and lots of chatting. Lorrie Chang ’69 – dressed in her Priory uniform (yes, the very same uniform!) – served as the mistress of ceremonies and entertained us with a story that introduced all of us, as well as former PE teacher, Jeanne Chang ’59. Toward the end of the celebration, we made a rousing announcement when the Class of 1969 presented Fletcher with a gift for the school: $60,009 to the endowment to be used for financial aid scholarships for The Priory students.
The Priory Commencement was held on Sunday and also marked the last day of our reunion. We stood true to tradition as we officially became Golden Girls and processed in our red attire in front of the graduating class. It was a staggering sight – a sea of red flowing down the aisle of the cathedral. We were moved when we were recognized by our class motto, which we all hold near and dear to our hearts: “What we are is God’s gift to us; What we become is our gift to God.”
Commencement was not the final goodbye for us. Our reunion chairperson, Sharon Spencer Pang ’69, assured we had another opportunity for fellowship. We were ushered into the Von Holt Room following the service for a reception which allowed us more camaraderie, laughter and memories in the making – at least until the next reunion.