On Saturday, June 9th, 2018, amidst a sea of cheers and tears of joy, over 100 young adults received their diplomas and became the inaugural graduating class of Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School.
To accommodate the hundreds of families, supporters and corporate partners attending the special day, the event was held at the Leavey Center of Santa Clara University. Speakers included San José Diocese of San José Bishop Patrick McGrath, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer of the Cristo Rey Network Father John Foley, S.J., and Cristo Rey San José President Dr. Margaret M. Higgins. In attendance was Cristo Rey Network President Elizabeth Goettl, CRSJ Board Co-Chairs John A. Sobrato and B.J. Cassin, board members Dan McCallin, Tom Mohr, Elaine Curran, Brian Polster, Kristi Markkula Bowers, and numerous other civic and business leaders from around Silicon Valley and beyond.
The achievement for both students and Cristo Rey San José itself was nothing short of monumental. It was only four years ago that the school first opened its doors to the underserved communities of downtown and East San José and the greater Silicon Valley. The school has flourished thanks to tremendous contributions from numerous benefactors and corporate Work Study partners. It has grown from a single freshman class of 120 to a student enrollment approaching 500. Ninety eight precent of the students in the class of 2018 will be the first in their family to attend college, with more than 75% enrolled in 4-year universities and the balance enrolled in community colleges.