Class of 2020,
Graduation is a tender moment of celebration. It allows you to stand on the precipice of what was, what is and what will be. While it's easy to look at the most immediate experiences, let's not forget the journey and how it has brought you to where you stand today.
Not that long ago you came to Walsh Jesuit aspiring to be a better version of yourself. Perhaps you were excited or scared, sure of your path or just trying to put one foot in front of the other. Either way, your years of classes, extracurriculars, service, Mission Days, and countless other enrichment opportunities have helped you to grown into the person that you are right now. There have been many people who have helped shape who you are—take time to sit in gratitude for those people.
Certainly, there have been times that things didn't go the way you wanted them to: teams not made, grades not achieved, friendships lost. There have been moments you have let slip away. There have been people lost too soon—people you love, people who inspired you. And even at the end, it feels like time has been stolen away from you. Yes—it’s true—sometimes things don’t go the way you want. Sometimes life seems difficult. But even in those times of darkness, loss or challenge, we realize that there is light, hope and support. I hope you have learned this during your time at Walsh Jesuit.
And now, here you stand—ready to take on a world that is ever more unknown. What will be the next step? Who else will inspire you? What else will you be asked to endure? As you continue forward, I hope that you will let your hearts be imprinted by those who share wisdom with you. Welcome challenges as a chance for growth and knowledge. Permit God’s loving grace, which is offered abundantly to you, to animate who you will become and truly fall in love with the gifts that God has bestowed upon you.
You will be change agents for a world that is thirsty for change. You will be a blessing to those you meet, inspire people to be better than they thought possible. You will create experiences that are graced with God. You will challenge others to grow more closely to who God created them to be. You will comfort people in times of loss or disappointment. You will be Walsh Jesuit—all that we offer and all that we stand for—alive in the world. I am confident that our world will be a better place because you are in it. I am blessed to have shared a moment with you during your time at Walsh Jesuit and I look forward to seeing how you will spread love, grace and support to others in the future. Go forth and be those people we know you are capable of being.