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Bishop Garcia Diego High School Bids Farewell to Class of 2017

Saturday’s commencement ceremony at Santa Barbara County Courthouse ushers 64 graduates into ranks of Cardinal alumni

 

It was Bishop Garcia Diego High School’s turn Saturday to send off its class of 2017.

The Catholic school at 4000 La Colina Road in Santa Barbara celebrated the 64 new Cardinal alumni in a commencement ceremony under cloudy skies at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s Sunken Garden.

“People say it all comes down to this,” said Emily Condon, the class’ University of Pennsylvania-bound salutatorian. “But by that logic, this is the peak of our lives. I don’t know about you, but I certainly suspect this is not the highlight of our lives, our proudest achievement.

“This graduation is one of many achievements that will allow us to succeed further, to continue to strive for greatness,” she told her class. “This is the first important step in discovering our individual and collective potential.”

Adrianna Kowblansky, who’s headed to the University of Notre Dame, was named valedictorian.

Saturday morning’s commencement speaker, Ronald Cortez, vice chancellor of administrative and business services at UC Irvine, rooted his advice to the graduates in a quotation from President John F. Kennedy: “‘The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along the lines of excellence.’”

“As Bishop Diego High School graduates, you have a phenomenal educational background and spiritual foundation, so using the full strength of your powers will become refined throughout the years,” said Cortez, a Bishop board trustee.

“But the question remains as to how one determines the ‘lines of excellence’ in pursuing one’s own happiness.”

The answer, he explained, is to “own your own mind, be resilient and find your passion.”

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