Episcopal School of Jacksonville holds graduation ceremony, honors slain head of school
Dale Regan killed at school in March
The Episcopal School of Jacksonville graduated its 133 seniors Saturday without its long-time leader.
In March, Dale Regan was shot and killed by Shane Schumerth, a Spanish teacher at the school. Schumerth then committed suicide.
Regan, 63, had been at the school since 1978. The commencement ceremony was dedicated to her.
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"It's just really surreal. It's like you didn't know what to feel but you just knew she was always there with you," said Sam Homra, a graduate.
"She was included in our valedictorian's speech and the opening prayer and her name is on all our diplomas. They're handed out in memory of her," said Kaley Webb, a graduate.
Many of the students had been going to school under Regan since their elementary years. They described her as a friend.
"It's gonna be really difficult. She's played such a big role in my life," said Homra.
"We're sad but we're getting on and we know that she's here so it's not bittersweet because she's not gone," said Jacqueline Sutton, a graduate.
"It's a really special time for us, as hard as it was. We all know she's up there watching over us. All this was in her memory and it's a special day," said Webb.
Regan's family set up a charity memorial fund in her honor.
Send donations to:
Dale D. Regan Memorial Fund, in care of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville's Advancement Office
4455 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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