Profile of the Graduate at Graduation

 

Upon graduation, through the teachings of St. Thomas More and the guidance of faculty, staff, and administration, a graduate of St. Thomas More Academy will be:

• A believer formed in the Catholic faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.

"If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist. If I am in special need of light and prudence in order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my Saviour and seek counsel and light from him." (To his daughter, in prison, 1534).

• A person who honors the presence of God in self and others. 

“The whole fruit of their [educational] endeavors should consist in the testimony of God and a good conscience.” (Letter to William Gonell, his children’s tutor, May 22, 1518).

• An individual who understands what it means to be a mature Christian in today’s society.

“Give me the grace good Lord, to set the world at naught; to set my mind fast upon Thee…” (From A Prayer of St. Thomas More).

• A person who has a strong foundation for college-level courses and life-long learning, and possesses skills to pursue such ends.

“Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.”

• An effective communicator who speaks, writes, and listens honestly and sensitively, responding appropriately, utilizing gospel values.

“…that for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be able in argument, accurate in analysis, keen in study, correct in conclusion, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, trustworthy with confidences, courageous…” (From A Prayer to St. Thomas More).

• A reflective, creative, and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience. 

“Thus they will be inwardly calm and at peace and neither stirred by praise of flatterers nor stung by the follies of unlearned mockers of learning.” (Letter to William Gonell, his children’s tutor, May 22, 1518).

• A provider who finds meaning, dignity, and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.

“Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.”

• A responsible citizen who is active in the community and who gives witness to Catholic social teachings.

“…To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me…” (From A Prayer of St. Thomas More).

• A self-directed citizen who is actively engaged as the primary agent of his/her learning.

“I would have people in time of silence take good heed that their minds be occupied with good thoughts, for unoccupied they will never be.” (From The Four Last Things, CWM, v.1, p. 138).

• A caring person who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community.

“…that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain -- their good servant, and God's first.” (From A Prayer to St. Thomas More).



Quotations are from the writings of St. Thomas More (1478 – 1535) and A Prayer to St. Thomas More.