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Archbishop John O’Hara, 1963 Alumnus, Addresses Graduates at Don Bosco Prep’s 100th Commencement

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Class of 2015 Urged to Value Relationships, Give Back to Community

RAMSEY, N.J., June 5, 2015 – The graduating class of 2015 was reminded to value relationships and be of service to the community asDon Bosco Prepheld its 100th Commencement Exercises on May 30, 2015. Archbishop John O’Hara, director of strategic pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of New York and a 1963 graduate of Don Bosco Prep, addressed the graduates during the ceremony at Granatell Stadium on the school’s Ramsey, N.J. campus.

“As you move on in life, you will come to realize the true value of your time here at Don Bosco Prep,” said Bishop O’Hara. “It is a place of belonging, where you have been part of a family that has invested not only in giving you a great education, but in guiding you on the path to a deeper awareness of who you are and the men you want to become. This experience brings out the best in you, and it will stay with you for the rest of your lives.”

Bishop O’Hara’s message was echoed by Don Bosco Prep’s principal, John Stanczak, who spoke of the special bond of brotherhood that unites students during their tenure on campus. “As Ironmen, you are forged from a different mold,” Stanczak said. “Your success will not necessarily be measured by whether or not you achieve your dreams. Living your lives well is about accomplishing the day to day tasks, and taking joy in being there for your loved ones and your community.”

Don Bosco Prep is celebrating its centennial in 2015 as well as the bicentennial of the birth of St. John “Don” Bosco, who established the Society of St. Francis of Sales (Salesians). The Salesians founded and continue to serve as administrators of Don Bosco Prep, a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school for young men that offers rigorous academics at the AP, honors and college preparatory levels, as well as broad offerings in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics.

The school is in the midst of a $10 million Centennial Campaign fundraising initiative to finance a multi-phase renovation and expansion of its facilities, as well as build upon its scholarship endowment. These improvements will enable Don Bosco Prep to reduce class size, offer a more productive teaching and learning environment and continue to upgrade its classroom technology. Michael Graves Architecture & Design is developing plans for the renovation of existing space as well as construction of eight to ten additional classrooms, a prayer chapel, a new cafeteria and bookstore, an auxiliary gymnasium, locker rooms and office space. Construction is slated to begin in early 2016.

In remarks following the commencement program, Bishop O’Hara noted that 100 years after Don Bosco Prep opened its doors, the Salesian philosophy of providing a well-rounded education continues to distinguish it among area high schools. “St. John Bosco’s approach to education – which extended beyond academics to provide students with a home, a church and a playground – was revolutionary in its day. Over time he adapted and refocused his methods in order to remain relevant. Today Don Bosco Prep is the flagship of Salesian schools because it continually reinvents and renews itself to best serve the needs of young people.”

The school’s year-long centennial celebration will continue in September with a mass for the opening of the 101st academic year led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and a Centennial Weekend for alumni September 25 – 27. The annual President’s Gala in November will mark the official closing of the centennial with awards to individuals and groups that have impacted the school over the last 100 years. To learn more please contact advancement@donboscoprep.org.

 

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