Graduation season has traditionally meant students celebrating a rite of passage as they take their first step into adulthood. But the young men of the 2022 graduating class of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans really have a reason to celebrate.
Each of the students at the Catholic school, which was founded in 1951 and whose student body consists of all Black males, were accepted to college and earned a combined $9.2 million in scholarships, local station WDSU reports.
The school’s director of communications and marketing Mel Cordier told WDSU that 99 graduates in this class will enroll in a college or university and one will join the military.
The proud mother of a graduate shared a video of the celebration on social media. Her congratulatory caption says, “The world deserves to see this black boy joy.”
St. Augustine High School’s seventh President Aulston G. Taylor says the school founded seven decades ago by Josephite priests and brothers “has been a beacon of hope in the world of education for the African American community.”
Nearly half of the faculty, including Taylor, are alumni of the school recognized as one of the leading secondary schools for Black males in Louisiana.
“There is an expectation that every St. Augustine man will leave us ready and prepared to carry the torch of leadership in whichever field he endeavors to embark on,” Taylor states.