June 19, 2014

      Good afternoon, Reverend Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Ladies, and Gentlemen. It is my task to welcome you to this year’s commencement exercises.

     It is a tradition here at IHM School that our graduation ceremonies are not very long and drawn out. Being a traditionalist and loath ever to change things — especially good things — I shall do my part to retain our customary brevity.

     The fourth-century Bishop of Barcelona and Father of the Church, Saint Pacian, famously wrote these words in his first Epistle to Sympronian: Christianus mihi nomen est, catholicus vero cognomen — “Christian is my name; Catholic is my surname.” (“Surname,” is the equivalent to our “family name,” or “last name.”) In the context, Saint Pacian was defending the use of the...

June 19, 2014


Good morning, Father Philipson, Father Smith, Sister Marie Therese, Sister Mary Perpetua, Mom, Dad, faculty, family, friends, and all of you who will be here for this lengthy ceremony, trapped in formal decorum, and no doubt contemplating the quickest escape routes and nearest exits. I promise I will keep this brief.

When I sat down to write this speech, I sat there staring at the words “when I sat down to write this speech” for about twenty minutes before I actually wrote anything of substance. My mind was wandering and just thinking about my time at IHM, and I realized that I have spent the majority of my life attending this school. The idea of leaving this place, as much as it drove me crazy at times, is really scary. Since first grade, I have known exactly what my life would be like fr...

June 19, 2014


These years of high school have been a challenge, but I was able to persevere, and now here I am graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary School. I would like to thank all of my teachers who spent hours teaching me to help me become a better person and to help increase my knowledge in life.

First of all, I would like to thank my parents for bring me up properly […] in the Catholic Faith and always being there for me—to help me with my homework, to provide food, clothing, and a house to live in, as well as all the love and care they have given me all my life.

I would like to thank Father Charles DeMascola for giving our family financial aid to pay for my education as well as being our priest and pastor.

I would like to thank Father Smith for coming out all the way from Wisconsin to be our gue...

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