Jesuit High School’s Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. in the Knight Center on Jesuit’s campus. Commencement will take place on Sunday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

The class of 2022 has had a profoundly unique journey through Jesuit High School. Their freshman and senior years provided more “normal” bookends of a high school experience that was disrupted by the global pandemic in an unprecedented way. Distance learning, lost opportunities, and countless other challenges tested their faith and their endurance. However, the class of 2022 not only persevered but shined in the classroom, arts, athletics and service.

“When we came back to school for our senior year, the energy and love that flowed throughout the senior class was overwhelming,” said senior Theron Abel. “Everyone was so happy to see each other and be with their classmates after not being able to do so for practically two years. We have maintained this love for each other throughout the year, and I truly don’t think it will ever fade.”

This year’s seniors began their final fall at Jesuit with a 12-mile pilgrimage. Imagine a throng of students in army green ponchos walking in the pouring rain to commence the year. At the conclusion of their pilgrimage, many humbled themselves to sit at their classmates’ feet and wash them as Jesus did.

“In September, my class walked 12 miles together — uphill in the rain — on our pilgrimage,” said senior Sadie Nanson. “Though we complained about the weather and held onto our matching army green ponchos against the wind, I sensed that something was different as seniors, that we were true leaders in the school. As we sang and swayed at Mass, it felt like magic.”

The support seniors gave one another during the pilgrimage only grew stronger throughout the school year. As they reach the end of their time at Jesuit — well decorated in academic, athletic, and extracurricular awards and experiences — there is no denying the palpable unity of the class of 2022. Members of this special and remarkable class in Jesuit’s history leave as beacons of hope for the future.

“We celebrate their accomplishments and relish in their joyfulness, resilience, faith, and love for one another,” said Thomas Arndorfer, Jesuit High School president.