Profile of the Graduate
Following the lead of the Commission on Research and Development of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, McQuaid Jesuit also understands that living its mission will produce graduates with clearly identifiable characteristics. These are described in McQuaid Jesuit's "Profile of the Graduate".
The McQuaid Jesuit graduate is highly educated in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines to meet the intellectual challenges of the future. He is trained in powers of reasoning, imagination, expression, freedom of choice and value formation, and sensitive and appreciative of aesthetics. With this background, he is beginning to become both confident of success in the world around him and, more important, capable as a leader in service to others.
The graduate, having attained a higher level of personal and social growth, begins to direct his life to a Christ-like giving of self to others and a more thoughtful stewardship of the created universe to be shared in common by all. His relationships deepen as he accepts and cherishes other people, and he begins to integrate his concerns, feelings and sexuality into his whole personality.
Influenced by the religious tone of the school and by his own insights and experiences including those from formal course work, the graduate should be on his way to becoming a faith-filled person. He is motivated by love of God and others in such a way that his decisions in life are being made more for the glory of God and service to his community than for his own perceived needs.
Open to Growth
Although he sees the importance of learning, the graduate also understands the Jesuit credo that it is more important to learn how to learn, to desire to go on learning through life, and to come to a deeper appreciation of the richness of God and his creation. Consequently, he strives for an ongoing development of imagination, feelings, conscience and intellect, and he recognizes new experiences as opportunities to further his growth.
Committed to Justice
Finally, the McQuaid Jesuit graduate is also coming to understand that Jesuit education teaches that the ultimate goal in developing one’s talents - the gifts from God - is not self-gain but the good of the human community. In light of this realization, he is developing the attitude of mind that sees service to others as more self-fulfilling than success or prosperity. All members of the educational community collaborate in this work.