The Jesuit community of El Paso and their supporters will be realizing the dreams of former students of Jesuit High School May 3 when the Class of 1973 will formally graduate.
Jesuit High School opened in the buildings that had housed the Ysleta College of the Mexican Jesuit community. The Jesuits had been exiled from Mexico from the time of that nation’s revolution until 1952.
Officially titled Colegio San Alonso, Jesuit High opened in 1959.
On May 27, 1963, 56 students graduated at Liberty Hall and received their diplomas from Bishop Sidney M. Metzger. The next nine years saw young men graduate and grow.
However, the dreams of the students at Jesuit High School were shattered Feb. 29, 1972, when they learned that after more than a dozen years of service and despite their dreams, Jesuit High School was closing. The Class of 1973 would not graduate.
Actually, says Jesuit Father Gonzalez, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, the class of 1973 “are graduates of Jesuit High, since they completed their program of studies. They were just denied the formal graduation ceremony.”
Over the years the Jesuits stationed at Sacred Heart and the alumni of Jesuit High have been thinking of a way to provide the Class of 1973 with a graduation ceremony.
And now. a Mass and honorary graduation ceremony and celebration for the Class of 1973 will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in El Segundo Barrio beginning at noon, May 3
All are invited to take part in the Mass and celebration.
As part of the celebration, there will be a Golf Tournament held at 8 a.m. May 2 at Painted Dunes
That evening a “Fiesta” buffet will be held 6-10 p.m. at the Vista Hills Country Club For more information on the Class of 1973, please call: Richard O. Martinez at: (915) 603-0779.
For more information on attending, please call: Lourdes Velasco at: (915) 532-5447 EXT 12.