I recently had the pleasure of participating in Central Catholic’s 56th annual commencement. What made the evening even more special for me was seeing my daughter and her classmates receive their diplomas and celebrate with exuberance at the end of the evening. In my final address I spoke to them as a parent – recalling the days when they were lined up in the pews at St. Lawrence for “all school” mass or playing in the gym at St. Boniface during one of the infamous St. Lawrence versus St. Boniface basketball games.
What was so amazing was listening to our graduates talk about the impact and importance of their faith and God in their own lives. You could not leave CC’s graduation without being moved. It was a proud moment for our parents, alumni, pastors, teachers, administrators and friends.
For many of our graduates, June 3rd, 2013 was the end of 12 years of Catholic education. I had the realization of the significance and value those years have had in the development and character of our young people. It made me also realize that the sacrifice that we make to send our children to the Lafayette Catholic schools is not just a gift to our children, but a gift to our community and all the people that will be helped and touched by them as they move through life’s journey.
To read all of the commencement speeches click here.