Graduate Brian Beck joins his fellow classmates in tossing their  caps aloft in joy at the end of the ceremony. Craig Pittelli photos
Graduate Brian Beck joins his fellow classmates in tossing their  caps aloft in joy at the end of the ceremony. Craig Pittelli photos

By Georgiana Francisco | Correspondent

Having sought her mother’s advice prior to penning her valedictory address, Holy Cross Academy’s Greta Gareth was told, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Academy Graduation 2018

So, during commencement exercises June 4, Gareth urged her 114 fellow graduates in the Delran school to think not only of the future, but to focus on and enjoy the moment at hand.

“The future will be there tomorrow and the day after that, so take the time to enjoy the moment in front of you and to value the many roles you play in other people’s lives,” Gareth said. “Cherish what you have in front of you now and when the future comes, you will be ready.”

Megan Gorleski, also class valedictorian, reminded her classmates, “We are the future. We have the ability to take the world and make it better, but our feet must be firmly planted in reality. We have been blessed with relationships we’ve made at Holy Cross Academy. The future does not seem too frightening when I think about the people I have to help me face it.”

Prior to the graduation ceremony, a baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 31 by Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education.

JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools and a Holy Cross graduate, congratulated the Class of 2018 for being recognized as “people to invest in,” having been awarded more than $15 million in scholarships. Acknowledging that the 2018 class marks the last class to graduate from Holy Cross Academy before the school becomes a private high school, Tier said, “You’ll be called to contribute to our ever-changing world and continue the traditions, sound judgement, involvement and service of the alumni who have graced the halls of this proud institution.” she said. 

“For more than 60 years, Holy Cross has been part of the Route 130 corridor welcoming students and setting the bar high for accepting responsibility, and we’re happy that it will continue into the future known as Holy Cross Preparatory Academy,” Tier said.