In a heart-warming church service on Wednesday, Year 12 graduates from St Spyridon College in Sydney received the blessing of his Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
This year’s cohort listened carefully to the paternal advice of His Eminence, as they celebrated their graduation and discussed their future after high school.
“No matter how well or poorly you perform in your exams, your academic life, your career and your work environment, the real measure of success is how you are close to Christ,” His Eminence said in a speech.
“Without Him, all worldly achievements mean nothing.”
The service, conducted with the help of Parish priest Father Steven Scoutas, finished with His Eminence presenting graduates with a copy of the Orthodox Study Bible.
“An exciting new chapter is beginning for you,” he said, wishing: “May God bless you all!”
Earlier, the College also held a special, socially distanced graduation ceremony for Year 12 students.
Speeches were given by Head of College, Mrs Stefanou, as well as the College Captain and Vice Captain. This was followed by a ‘walk of honour’ as students left the assembly hall.
Head of College, Mrs Stefanou, later released a comment on Facebook, wishing students all the best for their upcoming HSC exams.
“It has been a privilege to have been a part of your journey here at St Spyridon College, my brave and beautiful students. I have every confidence that you will go out there and make this world a better place,” Mrs Stefanou said.
“I wish you every success in the coming HSC Exams. May St Spyridon the Wonderworker and our Panayia, watch over you and keep you. We pray for your future happiness, and ask to be remembered kindly in your prayers.”