May 2019

Posted: August 21, 2019

Dear Parents,

As you know, today marks the last day of classes for this academic year. While I know the boys’ thoughts are quickly turning to summer, I hope that they’ll be able to apply themselves for a few more days so that they will finish strong with their final exams!

Yesterday, during our annual awards assembly, we were able to recognize some of the amazing accomplishments of our students this year. While the majority of the awards are given to seniors, we feel as though it is important to have all of the students present, so that the younger students can learn from the example of those about to graduate. In particular, when each of our ten senior Matteo Ricci Award winners are presented, a faculty member speaks about that young man, sharing some of what that student has done to cause the school to recognize him in this way. We heard about achievements in the classroom to be sure – but also on immersion, through the retreat program, in athletics, in the arts, and in other co-curricular endeavors. In whatever field of interest, what truly stands out is the character and generosity of these young men; they are not using their talents for their own advancement, but rather, to share those gifts with others. They are great examples of men for and with others!

I always enjoy the end of the year, too, because of the speeches that are delivered by graduating seniors in Mr. Henry’s August Wilson Seminar class. The speeches occur each day at lunch, and anyone from the community is invited to attend. As each student stands and shares his reflection about his four years at Bellarmine, it is really touching to hear about all of the different ways in which the Bellarmine community has impacted them. Some have had very challenging paths, but their friends, coaches, and teachers have bolstered them through the various challenges they have faced. One of my favorite things is to see how much the students support one another during their speeches. When their friend is giving a talk, groups of guys will come in to be there for him, to listen to his words, and to lend their support. It truly is moving to see.

For the class of 2019 and their families, I know that next week will provide a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the time they have spent at Bellarmine. Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday night is a time to reflect, pray, and thank God for the many ways in which He has blessed us, individually and collectively. At graduation on Saturday morning, we will celebrate the class of 2019 and all that they have contributed to the school. I look forward to enjoying those experiences for those of you who have children who are about to “go forth and set the world on fire!”

For those of you with younger sons at Bellarmine, while you may not have these formal structures to think about the past year, I hope that you and your son will still have an opportunity this summer to reflect upon the school year, and also enjoy some terrific family time together. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,
Chris Meyercord '88
President

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