Tonight, we will graduate one hundred and four members of an outstanding graduating class, the Class of 2016. They have been wonderful to work with, and they will be truly missed. They have conducted themselves with class and dignity throughout their graduation exercises and, indeed, their entire school careers. I am very proud to have been associated with them, and I anticipate great things for each of them in the future.
The first thing each of them was taught when they entered Holy Name is that they are Loved at Home. Loved at school. Loved by God. And, as they leave, they have been taught that they are called to do nothing less than change the world to make it a better, more Christian place. These two precepts are the most important aspects of a Holy Name education. All of our students are called to a higher level of expectation as faith filled members of the Catholic family.
It is bittersweet to say goodbye to such great young people, but we are bolstered by the fact that they are well prepared with an academic foundation grounded in the faith.