The Graduate at Graduation
Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation
From the Jesuit Secondary Education Association
Open to Growth
The Jesuit high school student at the time of graduation has matured as a person - emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, religiously - to a level that reflects some intentional responsibility for one's own growth. The graduate is at least beginning to reach out in his development, seeking opportunities to stretch his mind, imagination, feelings and religious consciousness.
By graduation the Jesuit high school student will exhibit a mastery of those academic requirements for advanced forms of education. While these requirements are broken down into departmental subject matter areas, the student will have developed many intellectual skills and understandings which cut across and go beyond academic requirements for college entrance. The student, moreover, is beginning to see the need for intellectual integrity in his personal quest for religious truth and in his response to issues of social justice.
By graduation, the Jesuit high school student will have a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. The graduate will also have examined his own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community.
By the time of graduation, the Jesuit high school student is well on the way to establishing his own identity. The graduate is also on the threshold of being able to move beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in relationships with a significant other; in other words, he is beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship in which one can disclose self and accept the mystery of another person and cherish that person.
Committed to Doing Justice
The Jesuit high school student at graduation has achieved considerable knowledge of the many needs of local and wider communities and is preparing for the day when he will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned and responsible member. The graduate has begun to acquire the skills and motivation necessary to live as a man for others.