Reception in Honor of Armenian Graduates of the Pasadena Unified School District

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the 26th annual reception honoring Armenian graduates of the Pasadena Unified School District was held at the Armenian Center in Pasadena under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, who attended and conveyed his blessings and well wishes to the youth as they embark on the next stage of their lives. The annual event is organized by the Pastor and Board of Trustees of St. Sarkis Church. The program included remarks by city and school officials, awarding of scholarships, and cultural performances. The keynote address was delivered by Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian.

Addressing the graduates, the Prelate assured them that the education and instruction imparted by their parents and teachers is a strong foundation that will lead them to future successes in college and beyond. He encouraged them to utilize the knowledge they have gained, the values that were instilled in them, and their unique talents to advance not just their individual selves, but the community around them, stating, “God has blessed each and every one of you with unique gifts and abilities to make a valuable contribution to society. Make the most of those gifts each and every day, trusting that the Lord is with you always, watching over you and guiding you on the right path.”

Furthermore, the Prelate urged the youth to never forget their roots as Armenian-Americans and their national duty to contribute to the progress of the greater family, stating that in this Centennial year and beyond, we are counting on our youth to take the helm and lead us into a new era of advancements in our cause and in the prosperity of our nation.

His Eminence also thanked the Pastor, Board of Trustees, and organizing committee for continuing the beautiful tradition of the annual event, and blessed the board members, principals, teachers, and administrators of the Pasadena School District for their commitment to the education and development of our youth.

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