On June 8, more than 2,000 people gathered at Santa Clara University to honor and celebrate the second-ever graduating class of Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School (CRSJ).
Surrounded by family, friends, Corporate Works Study employers and supervisors, school benefactors and members of the CRSJ Class of 2018, the 105 graduates were granted their high school degrees by CRSJ President, Dr. Margaret Higgins, Principal Joseph Albers and Chancellor, Reverend Peter Pabst, S.J. Also cheering on the seniors were members of the CRSJ board of directors including board co-chairs, B.J. Cassin, John A. Sobrato, incoming board chair Bryan Polster along with Kristi Bowers, Tom Mohr, Nick Moore, Davide Vieira and Colleen Wilcox.
Highlights from the graduation ceremony included the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement in Work Study Award, presented by Matt Bell, Executive Director of the CRSJ Corporate Work Study Program, and the Honorable Dave Cortese, Supervisor, County of Santa Clara, District 3.
The Class of 2019 achieved many milestones, including 100% college acceptance and 100% college attendance! The seniors submitted 906 college applications and received 88 acceptances to 31 UC schools, 7 Jesuit schools and 10 schools out of state. This is a huge accomplishment as 98% of the students are first-generation college students with a similar percentage being the first or second in their families to complete a high school.
“I’m extremely proud of our graduating seniors,” said CRSJ principal Albers. “They have worked tremendously hard in and outside the classroom, gaining preparedness to thrive in universities and in their careers. More importantly, they all have developed a passion and commitment to use their education to make our community better through the rest of their lives.”
“I never imagined college would be an option for me,” said senior, Wendy S. “However, Cristo Rey challenged me both academically and socially throughout my four years of high school and has molded me into the person I am today. It has prepared me for the real world and has helped me be a person who serves others. I have been able to prove to myself that I can go beyond expectations.”