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Profile of the Jesuit Graduate

The Profile of the Graduate describes the characteristics of a man who seeks the fullest development of his God-given talents and puts his faith in action. Adopted nearly 30 years ago, The Profile of the Graduate touches every aspect of life at Jesuit Dallas. At graduation, the Jesuit student has come to embody the ideal described in the Profile.


At graduation, the Jesuit student has come to see that his progress toward adulthood lies primarily in his own hands. Through his years at Jesuit, he has begun to see, to understand, and to confront the many facets of the human condition: its expression throughout the centuries, its course in today's world, and its possibilities for the future; not only its frustrations and failings, but also its grandeur and glory; most importantly, its acceptance, redemption, and promised perfection in the person of Jesus Christ.


At graduation, the Jesuit student will have experienced a curriculum designed to open him to the richness of his own intellect, as well as to the world of nature and man. The Jesuit course of studies has introduced him to the various disciplines which define a person of learning. The academic rigor characteristic of Jesuit education has demanded that he attain a considerable level of proficiency in these disciplines. All the academic structures of Jesuit College Preparatory School have assisted the student in discovering himself as an individual of reason, education, and culture. He has recognized the value of knowledge as perfecting the uniquely human aspect of his being.


At graduation, the Jesuit student has come to value the ideal of a sound mind in a sound body. He has experienced some of the most marked physical growth of his life. During these years, he has been introduced to means of maintaining his body in good condition throughout his life and has been trained in the exercise of these means. He has had the opportunity of participating in intramural and interscholastic team sports and has been challenged to see these activities, not simply as a way of developing his physical abilities, but also as a means for enhancing his growth as a well-rounded gentleman.


At graduation, the Jesuit student, well on the way to establishing his own identity, has also begun to move beyond self-interest and self-centeredness in human relationships. His high school years have been years of social and emotional maturation as much as of physical growth. He has experienced being loved and cared for by others and being a full part of the Jesuit school community. These experiences have led him to go outside himself and to find real happiness and joy in the love, friendship, and companionship of other people.


At graduation, the Jesuit student has been part of a community which seeks to nurture the seeds of religious faith and commitment to growth in each individual. He has received a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church; and he has been challenged to examine his own religious beliefs and traditions, whatever they may be. Most importantly, he has been invited to choose his fundamental relationship to God, to encounter truly the person of Jesus, and to live out his faith in the context of commitment to his Church.


At graduation, the Jesuit student has begun to examine himself and his world in terms of the justice which a living faith requires. Thus, he has been able to recognize that basic human needs and rights have been denied to certain peoples; he has been able to comprehend that many complexities underlie these denials; and, in the light of the example of Jesus, he has been able to evaluate the social and economic structures through which human needs and rights are denied, and to take appropriate action to render them more just.