Celebrating a bachelor’s mass May 25 for Archbishop Carroll High School’s class of 2022, Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory urged senior graduates to “apply all the moral and ethical wisdom they have thus acquired” as they they assume adult responsibilities.
“Remember carefully the things you have learned. We want your tomorrows to be informed by the values we have tried to share with you,” the cardinal said. “This is where honor and risk meet in today’s ceremony – where your tomorrows will be informed and shaped by your yesterdays.”
Cardinal Gregory celebrated Mass in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Carroll High School is a co-educational Catholic school in the District of Columbia sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
“I pray that you will remember why your parents sacrificed to provide you with a Catholic education and all the tenets of faith and morality that you discovered in Archbishop Carroll,” he told the graduates. .
The mass – offered to the 80 young men and women of the promotion, as well as to families and friends – was celebrated the day before the school’s back-to-school exercises on May 26.
The Cardinal told the graduates that “there is perhaps no more remarkable step…than leaving their high school years to enter the seriously adult world of college and the job market.”
“To not grow, not to mature, not to leave behind our yesterdays is actually to cease to live,” he said. “We want you to remember that you are a precious and unique person and well loved by your family and friends and by the Church.”
He urged graduates “to remember the mistakes you may have made in the past so you don’t repeat them tomorrow.” He also told them to “take heart that you were able to overcome all those challenges yesterday” and to be “confident that you will succeed in your tomorrows as well.”
Overall, Carroll’s class of 2022 earned a total of more than $9 million in college scholarships, with 100% of the class gaining admission to a two- or four-year college or university. Ester Ventura was the valedictorian and Victoria Ruiz was the salutatorian for this year’s senior class.
Senior Ruth Mogus received the Cardinal’s Medal, which was presented to her at Mass.
The Cardinal’s Medal is awarded annually by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to one graduate of each of the archdiocese’s high schools – Archbishop Carroll High School and Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. The student, selected by the high school president, exemplifies traits that model strong Christian values being practiced, a growing Catholic spirituality, and a commitment to serve as a peer minister. Recipients are recognized for being role models for other students and faculty, demonstrating a living Catholic faith rooted in the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church.
Each year, the medallion is adorned with the coat of arms of the current Archbishop of Washington. The Cardinal’s Medal, along with a $1,500 scholarship, is awarded by the Archbishop of Washington (or his delegate) at the annual Baccalaureate Mass for each school.
Cardinal Gregory told graduates that their parents are ‘very proud of what you have achieved’ but also feel ‘joie de vivre and parallel anxiety’ watching their child graduate from high school , just as they experienced seeing their child take their first steps. or get their driver’s license.
“These twin emotions fill the hearts of all the parents present here this afternoon because they know that this day is a monumental threshold of maturity for their sons and daughters,” he said. “Because like every previous moment of growth, with graduation comes a moment of residual peril in the future challenges that will await these young men and women.”
Praying that the graduates “will continue to mature in such a way as to bring many future proud moments to your parents and all who love you,” Cardinal Gregory also prayed that “the risks of the future will be overcome with success as you have evidently done in the past.”
“May each of you know nothing but happiness, success and good fortune all the days of your life,” he wished the graduates.