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JSEA Profile of a Graduate at Graduation

Over the course of 30 years the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation has had a significant impact and benefit in Jesuit schools. In light of changes over the last 30 years, JSEA embarked on a re-vision process. In re-visioning the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation, JSEA confronted three fundamental challenges: 1) to identify additions to the Profile needed for the 21st century graduate of a Jesuit high school; 2) to incorporate these additions into the five characteristics of the original profile: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice, already institutionalized in many Jesuit schools; and 3) to incorporate the concepts and language of three significant Jesuit education documents published since 1980: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education,―Ignatian Pedagogy: a Practical Approach‖ and―What Makes a Jesuit School Jesuit?

JSEA, in the process of working through the re-visioning, decided to keep the original five characteristics without adding an additional one. New descriptors relating to essential issues such as technology, wellness, sustainability, leadership, and Ignatian spirituality were incorporated into the original five characteristics. An additional characteristic, Work Experience, originated by Cristo Rey schools has been added to the Profile for use by these schools. Where appropriate, JSEA incorporated concepts and language from the three Jesuit educational documents noted above.

The characteristics of the Profile may tend to describe the graduate from various perspectives. Jesuit education, however, is, has been, and always will be focused on whole person education: mind, spirit, and body. Jesuit education accomplishes this through cura personalis (personalized care and concern for the individual) and through a holistic curriculum. Jesuit education aims to form life-long learners imbued with an Ignatian approach to living shaped by the knowledge, understanding, and use of the interplay of experience, reflection, and action (the dynamic at the heart of the Spiritual Exercises). Jesuit education also aims to graduate students who possess the desire and the personal resources to be men and women for and with others. Thus, the Profile always needs to be viewed within the context of the mission of Jesuit education and not merely as a list of achievable outcomes for the Jesuit high school graduate.