GARY — Bishop Noll Institute's next addition to the alumni table filed into Cathedral of the Holy Angels where they celebrated a mass with friends and family led by the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary Donald Hying.
Hying thanked faculty and parents in his homily for shaping and teaching the graduates their values. His message to the students: think not of yourselves, but how you can help others.
"The point of your formation over the past four years has been to allow you to flourish as a child of God," he said. "To do God's work and to give your life to love and service, that's the goal. That's what you learned at Noll. If we become people of God, we can set the world on fire. Go set the world on fire."
Principal Lorenza Pastrick also shared her thoughts with the students. She chuckled, saying she noticed how the majority were waving their programs in their hands as fans inside the toasty cathedral.
"It (the fanning motion) reminded me very much of a bird," she said. "There's something beautiful about birds. Birds come in all different forms. It (graduation) is an opportunity for you to go fly off into the world."
Malik Ross, of Hammond, said Hying and the faculty's words resounded with him. He will attend IPFW this fall and study computer engineering.
"The mass was really good," he said. "I see myself finishing college and doing whatever my hearts desires and wherever it takes me."
The graduates also celebrated a ceremony at Bishop Noll Institute's fieldhouse in Hammond at 5:30 p.m.