Filled with enthusiasm and gratitude, the 127 members of the Class of 2019 received their Regis High School diplomas on Saturday, June 1 at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Rev. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, the president of Regis, thanked the graduates and said how proud he was of their hard work, grit, and care for one another and the world around them.
“It is with full confidence that we send you off to change the world, to set the world on fire,” Fr. Lahart said. “Your spirit has already touched us and remains with us, and we are grateful.”
In his remarks, Jacob Kaiserman ’19, chosen to speak by his classmates, referred to a New York Times article in which legendary writer and former Regis student Pete Hamill said, “Even now, as old as I am, I have this secret Jesuit [on] my shoulder.” Kaiserman told his fellow graduates he was confident that they would hold onto the lessons and values they had learned at Regis through the Jesuits on their shoulders.
“And maybe it’s not a Jesuit. Maybe your conscience articulates differently than mine,” Kaiserman said. “But I have no doubt that your conscience and mine have learned to speak the same language. One of charity, of justice, and of action. To continue daring despite dark skies, we must stay faithful to the people we’ve become here on 84th Street.”
A full transcript of Kaiserman’s speech is available.
Congratulations to the 102nd graduating class of Regis High School!