@ 2007 Diocese of






“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

From now on a merited crown awaits me…” (2 Tim 4,7).


This is your day, a very special and memorable day. You will never forget this event. You will always cherish this experience. You have waited for it. You have worked so hard this. Now it is your moment, your day!

How do you feel? Are you excited? I know you are so happy, very much fulfilled. And why not? Now you have realized that perseverance pays off. Hard work bears fruits. Sacrifice brings success. You have made it. Congratulations, my dearest graduates!

But let me remind you that you are not alone in your success. Share it with those who helped you to realize it. You have achieved your goal. You have reached the top. Along the way there were those people who encouraged you, people who inspired you, or challenged you to move higher. So share your joy and achievement with them. Whom you have to be grateful, whom you have to remember?

Remember your parents. They worked so hard to provide everything for you and to send you to this school. They want you to have the best in life, not only for the present while they are around, but even for the future, when you will be on your own. Remember your teachers. How they sacrificed their talents and skills for you, so that you will be informed and be formed. How they selflessly share their time and abilities to bring the best in you, to be a better person. It was their dedication that made you what you are today.

What will you get? Your diploma is no longer a piece of paper. It is a summary of your long hours of studies, painstaking recitations and reviews, long hours of completing assignments. Your diploma is tangible proof of endless hours of patient lessons from your teachers. Your medal is no ordinary piece of metal. It is minted with the love of your parents made visible through their sacrifices. That medal is a symbol of the service and dedication of your parents.

What will you do now? Don’t ever leave your school without thanking those who administer, work and maintain your alma mater. Dream of that day when you can bring your parents back to the graduation march, where you can hand to them your diploma.

Go and grow in God’s grace my dearest graduates. Go on and glow for your school, for parents. Don’t give up. Believe in yourself, trust your potentials. Hold on to your dreams. Look forward to your better and brighter future. Have faith in God. Rely to Him for guidance and strength. And rest assured that I am here for you, praying for your success and safety, wishing you well and imparting to you my paternal blessing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit …


+Ruperto Cruz Santos

Bishop of Balanga

Diocese of Balanga
(Bataan, Philippines)