Jesuit High School graduated its Class of 2022 on Friday (May 27), as the school celebrated commencement exercises at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.
The graduating class of the school's 123rd year is comprised of 198 students. Of the graduates, 170 (85.9%) have received academic or athletic scholarships, and 145 (73.2%) received Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, with a total scholarship value of $22.4 million. One-hundred percent were accepted into college, with 164 colleges and universities accepting Jesuit students in 2022, including renowned institutions such as Boston College, Columbia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Virginia, West Point, and Yale.
The class Valedictorian is Logan Kant (4.66 GPA), and the co-Salutatorians are Carter French and Antonio Troncoso (4.64 GPA). Kant will attend Georgetown, French will attend North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Troncoso will attend Notre Dame. See below a video of each of their presentations from graduation.
In keeping with one of Jesuit's earliest traditions, graduates once again wore the classic tuxedo. The tuxedos were revived at graduation in 2015 for the first time in more than 70 years. The traditional cap and gown were worn Thursday night (May 26) at Baccalaureate Mass.
Click here to view a PDF of the event program from Graduation 2022. It includes a listing of all 198 graduates; the seniors who were recognized at Awards Night in late April; the 82 seniors who graduated summa cum laude (4.1 GPA or better), 42 who graduated magna cum laude (3.8 GPA), and 22 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA); and the college acceptances and scholarships earned by members of the Class of 2022.
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 are commemorated on the 'Men for Others' monument on Jesuit's campus. The 2022 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: William Butler
- The Larion J. Elliot Award, for dedication and commitment to Christ and the Church through the example of his Christian Life: Hector Duarte
- The Pedro Arrupe Award, for excelling as a "Man for Others" through distinguished achievement in community service: Matthew Justin
- The Joseph P. Gavan Award, for outstanding generosity and dependability in service to the school community: Jackson Graham
View below a grand photo slideshow from graduation along with five videos: the full Graduation ceremony, plus the individual presentations by Kant, French, Troncoso, and school president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J.
Graduation 2022 photo slideshow
Full Graduation 2022 video
Logan Kant - Valedictorian
Carter French - Co-Salutatorian
Antonio Troncoso - Co-Salutatorian
Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. - President