In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Jun 30, 2017

SARHS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony

By Connie Dunwoody

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On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 6:30 pm, students, staff, parents, teachers, friends and family gathered at St. Andrew’s Cathedral to celebrate the graduation of the St. Andrew’s Regional High School Class of 2017.

This was the first graduation to which Merlin, the Diocesan Dog, received a specific invitation to attend—and he did, helping hand out certificates and posing for pictures with Bishop Gary Gordon and graduates.

In his homily, Bishop Gary thanked parents and staff of St. Andrew’s Regional High School for their care of the students over the years. “It takes a lot of energy, love, patience, and patience, and more patience, to bring your children to this point of graduating. I’m very grateful.”

He invited students to continue to abide in Christ as they face a myriad of choices in the future. “There aren’t a lot of guarantees in the world, but in the Gospel, Jesus says, Whoever abides in me, whatever they ask of the Father, it will be granted. That’s a pretty big promise, and I invite you to abide in Christ so that whatever you ask of the Father, it will be given.”

In her remarks to the graduating class, Island Catholic Schools Superintendent Beverly Pulyk encouraged students to share stories with each other, and between the stories, to give thanks to those people who have helped them: parents, teachers, friends, family. She advised them, “Remember to follow your dreams. Slow down, and smile at people you don’t know. Treat each other with compassion. Think ‘we’, not ‘me’. Cherish family and friends always, don’t forget to pray a bit each day, and lastly, trust in the Lord with all your heart. Seek God’s will in all that you do, and He will be with you wherever you go.”

St. Andrew’s Regional High School Principal Andrew Keleher spoke movingly of what the Class of 2017 has meant to the school, to teachers, and to other students. “Friendship is goodness, and goodness will continue to grow. Even the smallest act of love changes the balance of good and evil in the world. We have to do our part by being good to others every day. It is the logical response to Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians when he said ‘Refrain from evil of every kind’. You—the Class of 2017—add to the world’s goodness in so many ways.

“I wish you a long and happy life; a fulfilling one, full of blessings of all kinds. You have given us such a gift. You have given us yourselves and all that is the Class of 2017. You have made St. Andrew’s a better place and you have made us better people. Thank you for everything. Thank you for brightening our lives. You are all beautiful human beings and you are loved.”

Class Valedictorian Josiah Lamb exhorted her classmates to follow their passion and to let the ‘big things’ they do lead to true success. She asked her classmates to take the “...attributes we’ve learned from each other, of kindness, love, and respect ... but most important courage and resilience” in to their futures, knowing they will accomplish incredible things, “because we already have.”

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Access the video of the Mass here

​Photo courtesy Gordon Lee Photography

Photo courtesy Shengbo Gong

International Student Graduates
Photo courtesy Shengbo Gong

Photo courtesy Gordon Lee Photography

Photo courtesy Shengbo Gong


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