Graduation ceremonies held on Thursday, May 21st, marked the completion of the course of studies for twenty-one students enrolled in the Middle School program of St. Bernard Preparatory School. These graduates were part of the first class to complete both years of enrollment in the Middle School that opened its doors in the 2007-08 academic year. Abbot Cletus Meagher, Chairman of the Board for St. Bernard Prep, served as main celebrant of the Mass celebrated in the Abbey Church. During the service he told the students, “Last year may have been our first class to graduate from the Middle School, but you are the first class to complete the first two years.”
Abbot Cletus reminded students that not only did they receive a quality education, but equally as important, their learning took place in a faith-based environment. “With your learning comes wisdom , and wisdom is knowledge. Don’t lose sight of the wisdom that keeps God first. Through him all things are possible.”
“You have been given a strong foundation to prepare you for your high school years. Always remember and be grateful to your parents, grandparents, teachers, alumni and friends who have made great sacrifices so that you can receive the gift of a private education at St. Bernard Prep,” Abbot Cletus said. “You have been prepared, now it is up to you.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of diplomas to each graduate. These were presented by Abbot Cletus who was assisted by Fr. Marcus Voss, President, Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster and Mr. John Tekulve, Assistant Headmaster for the Middle School.
A reception held in the St. Bernard Dining Hall followed the ceremonies.