“You are good.”
In a Graduates’ Mass on May 15 held at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby summarized the culmination of 12 years of Catholic education for expected grade 12 graduates.
Attended by close to 700 grade 12 students, the Graduates’ Mass is an annual tradition at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and is organized by the Student Presidents’ Council and a committee of teachers, chaplains and administrators as an opportunity for students to come together in celebration and to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education.
While the excitement of graduation builds, Bishop Crosby reminded students to take time in reflecting on the lessons and memories that helped shape their experience.
“Your daily life will be a little, or perhaps even a lot, different than when you started kindergarten many years ago,” he said.
“When your life is about to change, in such a major way, it’s always a good time to come to church. It’s a good time to remember people who have been positive influences in your life.”
“Remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and go into the future confidently.”
Catholic education, said Melaina Malcew, Cathedral High School Student Council President and Student Trustee, goes beyond a curriculum.
“It is an attitude, and with it comes a strong sense of pride.”
“Every morning when we put on our school uniforms and represent our schools, we acknowledge that God is active and present in the classroom, in the hallways, in our participation of the sacraments, and all other aspects of our lives.”
Moving forward, her hope for her classmates and peers across the Board is that the gift of Catholic education continue to guide them in their journey, wherever it may take them.
“As we approach the end of this chapter in our lives, may we continue to live as joyful disciples so that Jesus Christ may be made known to others through us.”
Her words mirror the same wish Bishop Crosby left students with in his closing remarks.
“The world needs you to get out there and make a difference. A positive difference. Make the world a good place,” he said.
An estimated 2,200 grade 12 students are expected to graduate end of June.