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ACTOR STARS IN NOTRE DAME GRADUATION

THESPIAN TELLS SENIORS TO TURN ATTENTION OUTWARD TO SALVE SOCIETY'S WOUNDS

The Morning Call Newspaper Company
Sunday, June 7, 1998
Scott's comments: This is the second year Dan was asked to speak at thier grauation


As actor Daniel Roebuck looked out over the 104 graduating Notre Dame High School seniors Saturday, he challenged them to aspire to change a world that certainly needs their help.

Roebuck, a Bethlehem native who has starred in several films including "U.S. Marshals," looked back on a string of school shootings nationally and called upon Notre Dame's Class of 1998 to help reverse the decay.

"Eight shootings in nine months and then I come here and see that a worker killed his boss in Allentown," Roebuck said during graduation ceremonies at the high school in Bethlehem Township. "It's time for all of us to start taking our attention away from ourselves and start giving it to the world, because it clearly needs to be fixed.

"You're not graduating from any high school," he said. "You're graduating from Notre Dame. You have a higher responsibility."

The graduation at the high school capped a long day that started with a ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Valedictorian Alyssa Debonis of Nazareth and salutatorian Andrew Hanzlik of Riegelsville were among a list of Notre Dame senior who collected awards and scholarships: ... [story continues without Dan]

PHOTO by DOUGLAS BENEDICT,
The Morning Call
CAPTION: Actor Daniel Roebuck tells Notre Dame High School seniors they have a duty to help others.