Holy Spirit Preparatory School celebrated the commencement exercises of its eighth graduating class on Tuesday, May 28. The day-long celebration officially commenced at 10:30am with a baccalaureate Mass at Holy Spirit Church celebrated by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, and concelebrated by Monsignor Edward Dillon, rector of Holy Spirit Church; Father Nicholas Azar; Father Jason Brooks, Head Chaplain at HSP; Father David Daly; Father Paul Burke; Father William Welsh; and Father Gerald Meyer.
After a celebratory luncheon with their families, the graduates processed into the sanctuary of Holy Spirit Church to begin their commencement. Three speakers graced the lectern: Salutatorian Anna Resnick, President James Towey of Ave Maria University, and Valedictorian Clara Diodati. After the ceremony’s opening prayer, Anna Resnick spoke, reflecting on the graduating class’s long journey urging her classmates to “remember your time here…. Use it to light your way.”
James Towey, the commencement’s guest speaker, spoke about the effects of “embracing littleness.” His experiences working at the White House under President George W. Bush, and with Mother Teresa as both her legal counsel and medical clinic volunteer, brought him to conclude that “if you want to be happy in life – really happy – then serve others.”
After the diplomas were conferred and candles lit, the Class of 2013 valedictorian, Clara Diodati, rose to address her class and the HSP community. In a thoughtful address in which she contemplated destiny, the effects of one’s own efforts, and the paths we take in life, Clara recognized the significance her time at HSP had and will continue to have in life, and exhorted her classmates to “always stay close to God…that is our destiny.”
In all, 45 seniors received their diplomas, culminating their day of celebration with a traditional hat toss on the quad of the school that, as Clara Diodati said, “has helped shape us and form us into who we are.”