ST. CROIX — They may be small in number, but the St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist Class of 2019 is mighty when it comes to academic excellence and ability, Pastor Desmond Jones, North Caribbean Conference president and school board chairman, told family and friends gathered for the school’s 44th commencement exercise Sunday at the Island Center of St. Croix.

Jones was referring to graduates Mahlana Graham, Stacy Frederick, Chanel Aubert and Shomari Francis, who sat in caps and gowns, surrounded by their families, friends, faculty and staff.