To the Class of 2017
Michael C. Barber, SJ
I join with your many family, friends and teachers in congratulating you on your graduation.
The Catholic education you have received is the most effective way to form the whole person — intellectually, morally and communally.
In "The Idea of a University," Blessed John Henry Newman wrote: "It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point … and to discard what is irrelevant."
For the elementary pupils moving on to high school, you will enjoy a rigorous academic program infused with the timeless message of Jesus Christ. For the high school and college graduates, you have the knowledge and tools to share our faith and live in an increasingly complex and global world.
Again, congratulations and may God bless you.
Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ
Bishop of Oakland
Rev. Larry Young
This year you are a graduate of our Catholic schools, joining all the previous graduates of Catholic schools in the Unites States, going back to 1783.
The Diocese of Oakland is very proud of you and all that you have achieved. We thank you, and your parents and all your teachers who have made your education possible.
You have grown in so many ways over these years. Please remember that God will walk with you and the Holy Spirit will guide you. We have great expectations as you continue your journey in life and we pray for many good things for you ahead.
We offer you our prayers and best wishes.
Rev. Larry Young
Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools
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