Gerald E. Tullier CHS President AT THE GRADUATION ceremony for the CHS class of 2016, I addressed our new graduates with these comments: Here we are at the very end of your high school experience. No more homework, at least until college. No longer will Mr. Hightower tell you that you need a haircut. Well, honestly, I can’t promise he won’t say it, but at least now you don’t have to listen. However, before all of you head off into the different directions of your future lives, let’s reflect on what your high school experience has been. Here is what you told me about your experience: •
Your high school experience was not perfect, but it was good, actually very, very good! You had disagreements with teachers, you complained about rules and had disputes with classmates. However, to a person, you said your overall experience was quite positive and you came to appreciate it.
You are united as a class. You used words like “great friends” and “brotherhood” to describe your classmates. Your senior retreat played a large role in solidifying that unity.
You like and respect your teachers. You said, “They really care, are very accepting and they want to help.”
You have changed and matured. Time and again you said you are more focused, more accepting and have learned to collaborate.
Every one of you said that you grew through powerful service experiences. Service opportunities got you out of your comfort zones and helped you understand the challenges that many face.
Finally, you are ready to move on. Of course, your life paths are still unknown. However, I speak for all in expressing our confidence that you will do great things and will become great men.
As was the case with your Catholic High School experience, I also promise you that your future will not be perfect. You will be tested. You will experience frustrations and disappointments. You will suffer loss and at times may not even see a way to move forward. In those times, I encourage you to take comfort in St. Paul’s words in the second reading from mass today: We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts. In closing, I encourage you to reflect on your Catholic High School experience as an example of how the love of God has been poured out into your hearts, especially through the love of your teachers and classmates. You have heard us say it before, but it is really true. “We see our school as successful, if students graduate with a strong belief that God loves them.” I know that Catholic High School has succeeded with the Class of 2016. Congratulations, graduates. But remember, “It’s More Than 4. It’s a Lifetime!” You are always welcome at Catholic High School and we hope you come back often.
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