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May God Bless the Class of 2024

Bishop Gregory Parkes shared a video message directed to all students who are graduating this year. He offers words of encouragement to the grads as they prepare to start a new chapter in their lives. The bishop’s heartfelt message is below:

"Congratulations and praise God for all of your accomplishments. I pray that you may recognize the gifts you have received in your education, and that you may use that gift and the other gifts and talents that God has given you to more and more become the person that God has created you to be. I pray that you have an enjoyable and safe summer. Stay close to the Lord this summer and always. Don't forget to go to Mass and to meet the Lord each day in prayer. May God bless you!"

The 882 graduates from our local Catholic high schools have much to celebrate this time of year. Below are the stats that show some of what these students have been able to accomplish.

  • Students are projected to earn more than 87 million dollars in college scholarships.
  • Seventy-five percent students received college scholarship offers.
  • Since their freshmen year, these students have performed more than 88,000 hours of service in their local communities.
  • Ninety-nine percent will attend a four-year or two-year college or university.
  • One percent will enter the military.
  • One student is entering the seminary.

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Graduations Around the Diocese 2024