Cosby to Mount St. Charles graduates: The choice is ours

Cosby to Mount St. Charles graduates: The choice is ours

WOONSOCKET - Valedictorian Elizabeth Cosby, one of 165 students to cross the stage at Brother Adelard Arena on Sunday at the 2013 commencement ceremonies for Mount St. Charles Academy, reminded the graduating class it is now their responsibility to make the most of their talents.

"Now we are entering a brief phase of our lives in which we'll have more freedom of choice than we've ever had before, and, arguably, will ever have again. We'll have the ability to choose what to study, when to sleep, what to eat, and who to spend time with," said Cosby. "But the most important choice we'll make is deciding our role in society."

Cosby repeated a phrase coined by motivational speaker Darren L. Johnson, who said that "The ego constantly competes with the spirit for control over the inner voice," citing how difficult it can be to listen to that inner voice in an increasingly electronic and ego-centric world.

"As technology advances and communication is revolutionized, we are constantly prompted to spew information about our lives on social media sites. We are barraged daily by notifications, retweets, and likes through which we hope to achieve social validation," said Cosby.

The 2013 class, Cosby said, "has athletes, artists, figure skaters, singers, gymnasts, actors, musicians, writers, good listeners, people who can find the square root of 2,084 in their heads, people who are great with working with children or the elderly, people who can make you laugh with their jokes, people who can make you cry with their inspiring strength."

"Our task now as we enter college is to find the best way to harness that worth," she said. "As high school concludes, we find ourselves at a bridge. On the other side is our future adulthood, and as we cross we have a choice to make. Will we get caught up with the sense of our own importance? Or will we see ourselves as important cogs in the machine of society, contributing to its growth and development for the better? Will we let our egos or our spirits dominate our inner voices? The choice is ours."

The Sunday ceremony included a special presentation of gold diplomas to students from the Mount Class of 1963, who were in the city for a three-day 50th anniversary weekend. The alumni enjoyed dinner and a tour of the Museum of Work and Culture on Friday, and on Saturday, took a tour of their old school followed by a dinner in Mount's Chapel Hall. After the graduation, they were honored at a reception sponsored by Mount's Parent Council.

Members of the class who celebrated the landmark 50th anniversary were John H. Armstrong, Roger Beauchamp, Paul Beausoleil, Robert Cabana, Donald M. Chabot, Ronald R. Cote, Maurice P. Debroisse, Earl A. DeCelles, Daniel R. DeDentro, Lou Galipeau, Raymond J. Jobin, Lucien Jolicoeur, Paul Edward Lanoie, Rene Laprade, John F. Lauzon, Thomas Mellor, Gerald Pelletier, Rene Pincince, Robert Pouliot, Richard A. Rocheleau, Alfred A. San Souci, Jack R. St. Jean, Ronald A. Trottier, Michael Tusoni, Gerald P. Ventre, Sr., and John Robert Walsh.