By Salgu Wissmath
seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during the school’s 46th annual commencement exercises at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Saturday morning.
The graduates filed in, wearing red caps and gowns, at around 10 a.m., however the seats in Memorial Auditorium began filling up with family members and friends well beforehand.
Stephen Haden, the father of graduate Garrett Haden, arrived early to stake out a seat for himself on the second floor with a clear view of the stage, while the rest of the family sat across the hall.
“I’m very excited for him to graduate from Jesuit,” Haden said. “It’s a real honor. It’s just an incredible school.”
Garrett Haden, who was the teen leader of a Kairos religious retreat and graduated magna cum laude, plans to go to Tufts University in the fall to double major in International Relations and Economics.
“Our world needs you to be men of conscious and compassion,” principal Brianna Latko told the graduating seniors in her opening remarks. “We end well today and I hope we will begin well tomorrow. Enjoy this day.”
, who will attend Yale in the fall to study English, told the Class of 2012 to “break a leg.”
“Life freaking rocks,” said Robinett. “We need to appreciate how much it does rock.”
He encouraged his classmates to slow down and appreciate what they have. He also outlined alternative ways to measure true success, other than in dollar bills, including the reach of your little boy’s arms when he says, “Daddy I love you this much.” As Robinett held his hands outstretched, his dad responded from the audience, “I love you too, kiddo.”
Awards were given, told some stories, and finally the diplomas were handed out to all 242 graduates from Parker Keaton Abercrombie to Nathan Moise Zielke.
This year’s graduates have been accepted to schools all around the country. Nathan Woodruff plans major in bio-chemistry at Seattle University and Justin Wallace plans to major in political science at Loyola University New Orleans.
“I’m pretty happy about [graduating]; nervous, but happy,” said Woodruff. “I can’t wait for college it’s going to be fun.” In 10 years, he said he would like to be working for a drug firm.
“I’m excited to see what’s ahead of us,” said Wallace. In 10 years, he said he would like to be finished with law school and working in a law firm.