Amid tears, smiles, cheers and hugs, nearly 1,700 Catholic high school seniors in the Diocese of Trenton were celebrated and challenged during recent Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies. Representing 11 schools located across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Class of 2017 distinguished itself in academics, athletics, faith formation and Christian outreach to those in need locally and around the world.
The Monitor’s coverage of the Class of 2017 includes:

• Messages from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.; Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar of Catholic education and JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools …. pages G2,3

• Overview of the Class of 2017 … pages G4, 5

• Reporting and photos from each of the high schools …. begins on page G7

• A look back at the year for seniors and sports …. G18

• Catholic elementary school graduates recognized …. page G28