La Pietra Graduation Honors Seniors, School Co-founder

Alice Guild
Alice Guild
Barbara Cox Anthony
Barbara Cox Anthony

(KHNL) - Commencement exercises at one Honolulu school celebrates the achievement of 34 young ladies, and one remarkable woman.

La Pietra honors its class of 2007, as well as co-founder Barbara Cox Anthony, who died on Sunday.

One by one, the girls of the class of 2007 walk down, ready to start a new chapter in their lives. It's a moment Barbara Cox Anthony always cherished.

"What she would want for us is to celebrate, and to celebrate the achievement of these graduates," said Alice Guild, chair of the school's board of trustees. "She's here in spirit. She wouldn't miss it for the world."

"We'll miss her terribly, but certainly the school will carry on in her memory."

Cox Anthony was wealthy, but also very generous. Besides La Pietra, she also donated to hundreds -- if not thousands -- of organizations in Hawaii and across the country.

Every year since 1978, Cox Anthony herself would be at graduation, to hand out diplomas. This year, the board's chairwoman has that honor.

"If she didn't have such tiny feet, I'd say that they were huge shoes to fill," said Guild.

Now, it will be up to these young ladies to fill those shoes. And school officials say they will, thanks to the educational opportunities that Cox Anthony provided.

"(They) will be able to go on, are going on to major colleges and universities, and into careers that women like me only dreamed of," said Guild.

And that's Cox Anthony's dream.

She co-founded La Pietra in 1964. School officials say her legacy will live on, through the school, and every young woman who graduates from it.