Congratulatons Class of 2020 Diocese of Gaylord High School Seniors!
An Open Letter to Catholic High School Seniors in the Diocese of Gaylord,
Normally at this time of year, high school seniors are preparing for graduation in order to be able to don their cap and gown and parade in front of friends, parents and teachers as they receive their diplomas at commencement ceremonies. Unfortunately, this year’s graduation will not transpire exactly like that, but it does not mean what you have accomplished is any less meaningful. Other than missing out on a two to three hour ceremony and a (possibly) forgettable commencement address, everything else about graduation and this milestone remains the same.
During your time in school you have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and with it learned to look more critically, and hopefully, compassionately at your world. You have been able to aid others who were in need through a variety of service projects that your schools have set up for you, so that you better understand the circumstances of those in the world who have less. You have made friends, some of whom will remain with you for your lifetime, who helped make going to school each day more fun and enjoyable. You have had the opportunity to develop a more profound understanding of your faith, thereby deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of your life.
Your parents may also be grieving the loss of this unique opportunity to share this special time with you. After all, they have helped finance your education, assisted you with school work especially over these past several weeks, and been your biggest cheerleaders for the past 13 years you were in school. It’s only natural that they want the whole world to recognize the great accomplishments of their sons or daughters! Be understanding with them as they may be especially disappointed not to share the moment as they were expecting to. This is another opportunity for you to reach out and show compassion and understanding to those who are the very closest to you.
The Diocese of Gaylord and in particular the Office of Schools would like to personally wish you the best in your future! We will always remember what an unusual conclusion to the school year the class of 2020 has experienced! Though the current circumstances may now feel disappointing to you, with the Lord’s help, you’ll be able to look for creative or unique ways to celebrate and recognize your accomplishments and successes. As Pope St. John Paul II said, “Be not afraid; Let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ and spread that light wherever you are.” Make great decisions, protect your health, your home and your future! You are stronger than you think and YOU matter to us all!
Congratulations class of 2020 Diocese of Gaylord Catholic High School seniors!
Frank Sander, Superintendent
Caryn Jacobs, Resource Assistant
Diocese of Gaylord Catholic Schools
611 W. North St.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Mission Statement of the Diocese of Gaylord Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Gaylord, inspired by the life of Jesus Christ and rooted in the Catholic faith, foster Christian discipleship, academic excellence, self-responsibility and service to others.
Diocese of Gaylord Catholic School Policy Handbook
ALPENA, All Saints Catholic School, PreK-8
CADILLAC, St. Ann School, PreK-7
CHARLEVOIX, St. Mary School, PreK-8
CHEBOYGAN, Bishop Baraga School, PreK-7
EAST TAWAS, Holy Family School, PreK-6
GAYLORD, St. Mary Cathedral School, PreK-12
KINGSLEY, St. Mary of Hannah School, PreK-8
LAKE LEELANAU, St. Mary Schools, PreK-12
MANISTEE, Catholic Central Schools, PreK-12
PETOSKEY, St. Francis Xavier Schools, PreK-8
PETOSKEY, St. Michael Academy, 7-12
PRUDENVILLE, Our Lady of the Lake School, PreK-8
ROGERS CITY, St. Ignatius School, K-8
TRAVERSE CITY, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools:
Immaculate Conception Elementary, Preschool - 5
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, 6-8
St. Francis High School, 9-12
WEST BRANCH, St. Joseph School, PreK-8
*To see our area map of schools, please go to to the School Locations section of our web site.