Graduation 2018

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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.



raduation from high school is a “rite of passage,” an event shared with your high school classmates here and throughout the United States. The phrase “rite of passage” simply means “a ceremony that marks the transition from one stage of life to another.” And that is certainly true for you.

For you, this “rite of passage” is something that couldn’t arrive fast enough during your high school years. You thought graduation would never come. And here it is … and here you are.

For your parents, this “rite of passage” is a bittersweet moment of recognition and pride that their young daughters and sons have grown up, their lives will start to take a whole new direction from this point on. But they are still and always will be your daughters and sons. You will always need each other. Never forget that!

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A message from JoAnn Tier, Superintendent



he mission of each Catholic school is rooted in the teachings of Jesus. The manner in which the expression of faith is evidenced is often accentuated in school traditions. The Baccalaureate Masses for the Class of 2018 provided beautiful expressions of faith, while the graduation ceremonies underscored the uniqueness of each school.

Distinctive to St. John Vianney High School was the dual enrollment program with SJVHS and Brookdale Community College, in which nine graduates received not only high school diplomas, but also associate degrees. At the Baccalaureate Mass for Red Bank Catholic, family members spanning three generations of alumni and evidencing commitment to Catholic education were invited to light the alumni candle. During graduation exercises, alumni of Trenton Catholic Academy, St. John Vianney High School and St. Rose High School were requested to address the Class of 2018 and provide words for reflection…

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