To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Celebrating the Academy's High School Class of 2023

On Tuesday, May 23, the Academy of the Holy Names Class of 2023 marked the end of their high school years with a memorable graduation ceremony. The occasion was filled with tradition, joy, and pride as these young graduates prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Throughout their time at the Academy, the Class of 2023 has displayed remarkable dedication, resilience, and a commitment to excellence. They have embraced challenges, pursued knowledge, and fostered a strong sense of community, both within the school and beyond. The graduating students have not only excelled academically but have also demonstrated exceptional leadership, compassion, and a desire to make a positive impact in the world.

As the graduates sat together, adorned in their white caps and gowns, the air was filled with a mix of nostalgia and anticipation. The future lies ahead, full of endless possibilities and opportunities waiting to be seized. This moment is a testament to the hard work and determination of each and every graduate, and it is a reminder that their dreams are within reach.

In a moment of reflection and in the spirit of the celebration, Valedictorian Madison Kwo turned to a quote from Taylor Swift's song "Long Live" to address the special bond with her fellow graduates:

“Long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders, I'm not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you.”

These words encapsulate the resilience and determination needed to overcome challenges and stay true to oneself, a sentiment embodied by our motto, Esse Quam Videri. The Class of 2023 has faced obstacles along the way, but they have learned to rise above negativity, embrace their individuality, and persevere in pursuing their dreams.

As the graduates bid farewell to our beloved institution, they take memories that will last a lifetime and sisterhood that will endure. They embark on a new chapter with the confidence and determination to make a difference in the world. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! May you continue to shine brightly as you pursue your dreams and create your own unique paths in life. 

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