Getting ready for the summer starts with our commencement ceremony. The Class of 2017 graduated in style as they marked the milestone of their academic achievement. Graduating from a prestigious Catholic prep school is no small accomplishment. All of them are going on to new adventures, most at the nation’s best universities and one to serve his country as a Marine. One of our graduates has decided to pursue a growing trend of a “gap year” to explore possibilities before jumping into college life. We are proud of all of them. Their accomplishment is not only a testimony of their work but a reflection of the good work and sacrifices made by their parents. While they may not express the proper gratitude to their parents right now, they will in the future.
After graduation, we had a wonderful celebration with many of our younger alumni. Over 150 alumni came to campus with their spouses and children to celebrate their time at Saint John’s. We took a field trip to their old campus at Prospect Hall. While it is natural for them to long for the “good old days” at Prospect Hall, many told me that they are pleased with our new campus and the new opportunities provided to current students. They know that Saint John’s is not a building. It is the teaching, the learning, the interaction with faculty and other students, the lifelong friendships that makes the Saint John’s experience so special. Special thanks to Michael Wilbur ’86 and Michele Rogers for their leadership to plan and provide this special event.
We continue the efforts to fully refinance the campus. I hope to have a new financing for the campus completed by August 1. Additionally, the plans for our new locker rooms and fitness center are coming along. Once all the building permits are secured (no small process) construction will begin. At the same time, we are finalizing the plans for a new athletic field for football, lacrosse, and soccer. This artificial turf field will be a big addition to our school.
I hope that you enjoy the summer months and find time for family vacations. Irene and I are taking our new family back to their native country, Timor Leste, for their first visit since becoming US citizens 3 years ago. Should be interesting!
I pray that the peace and love of Jesus Christ be with you and your family.
Thomas H. Powell