Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to the graduates of 2012! I am so proud of your accomplishments and achievements. I wrote a special message in my Catholic New York column this week for you. I would like to also add a special thanks to our parents, pastors, educators, administrators, and parishioners for their support.

Let me share an excerpt with you:

To our graduates: know how proud I am of your achievements! Take the lessons learned and the values taught with you as you continue on your life’s journey, led by the light of Christ. To all our students: know how dear each of you is to me and, more importantly, to God. To our wonderful teachers and principals: a heartfelt thanks for your selfless devotion to the children entrusted to your care. Miracles happen every day in classrooms across the archdiocese as a result of your amazing work. And let’s not forget all our moms and dads, grandparents, relatives and friends; you deserve a round of applause for your support and sacrifices made to provide your child with a Catholic education—I salute you!

Students, however, don’t just wake up, diplomas in hand. It takes hard work, focus and planning. They must follow a specific course of study and well-thought out curriculum. Similarly, we cannot build that better, brighter future for our schools without a roadmap, a plan of action, a vision. That vision for our schools is what our strategic plan, Pathways to Excellence, is all about.

You can read my whole column here.

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