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Graduation 2024

Graduation 2024

Jesuit High School graduated its Class of 2024 on Friday (May 24), as the school celebrated commencement exercises at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.

The graduating class is the largest in Jesuit history, 221 students, the most since the school was founded in Tampa in 1899. Of the graduates, 183 have received academic or athletic scholarships, and 141 received Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, with a total scholarship value of more than $24.5 million.

One-hundred percent were accepted into college, with 203 colleges and universities accepting Jesuit students in 2024, including all of the most selective in-state schools plus renowned national institutions such as the Air Force Academy, Boston College, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn, the U.S. Military Academy (Army West Point), Vanderbilt, Villanova, and Virginia.

The tri-Valedictorians of the Class of 2024, who all have a 4.66 GPA, are Michael Jacolow, Diego Tobon, and Tyler Tyson. Jacolow will attend the University of Florida, Tobon will attend the University of Pennsylvania, and Tyson will attend University of Florida. As two of Jesuit's 14 National Merit Finalists this school year, Jacolow and Tyson are receiving Benacquisto Scholarships to UF. For video of the presentations by Jacolow, Tobon, and Tyson, as well as the President’s Address at graduation by school president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J., please click here or visit the YouTube channel for Jesuit High School, @JesuitTampa.

In keeping with one of Jesuit's earliest traditions, graduates wore the classic tuxedo at Graduation. The traditional cap and gown, per school custom, were worn Thursday night (May 23) at Baccalaureate Mass. To view and access a photo of each Jesuit graduate receiving his diploma from Father Hermes, click here.

Click here to view a PDF of the event program from Graduation 2024. It includes a listing of all 221 graduates, as well as: the names of the seniors who were recognized at Awards Night in late April; the 74 seniors who graduated summa cum laude (4.1 GPA or better); the 42 who graduated magna cum laude (3.8 GPA); and the 40 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA); and the college acceptances and scholarships earned by members of the Class of 2024.

Each year, four special awards are presented during commencement exercises to recognize outstanding members of the graduating class. The recipients of these awards are determined by a vote of the faculty, and they are commemorated on the 'Men for Others' monument on the Jesuit campus. The 2024 winners were announced by principal Mike Scicchitano at graduation:

  • The Charles J. Lashley Award, for outstanding characteristics of leadership of the student body, the highest honor Jesuit High School confers upon a graduating senior:  Jake Killian
  • The Larion J. Elliot Award, for dedication and commitment to Christ and the Church through the example of his Christian Life:  James Slack
  • The Pedro Arrupe Award, for excelling as a ‘Man for Others’ through distinguished achievement in community service:  Sean Corrigan
  • The Joseph P. Gavan Award, for outstanding generosity and dependability in service to the school community:  Diego Mejia Omana

For photos, go to the Facebook page Jesuit High School of Tampa. More photos coming soon!