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Cardinal Gibbons High School Graduates 284

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On Friday, May 22nd, the 284 members of Cardinal Gibbons High School’s Class of 2009, the 100th class to graduate from the Catholic high school, attended a baccalaureate liturgy celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge praised the graduates, their parents and teachers, but reminded the students, “It is not all about you! It is not about your dreams, your desires and your needs. It is all about the Lord our God: the One Who has created, chosen and commissioned you. It is God’s will to which you must say, ‘Yes.’ It is not about your being the one to solve the problems of the world and making it a better society. It is all about God’s strength and grace dwelling, acting and accomplishing within you.”

Ninety-eight per cent of the Class of 2009 plan to continue their education, attending colleges and universities across the country, including two graduates who will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. As of May 22nd, the class had received scholarships totaling $6,026,516.

On Sunday, May 24, the Cardinal Gibbons seniors received their diplomas in a ceremony at Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall.