Gonzaga commencement marks the school’s 200 years; graduates urged to follow namesake’s witness and example

Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. made note of the Jesuit institution’s 200th anniversary during its June 6 graduation ceremony, which also marked the return to large, in-person gatherings and celebrated its first African-American graduate from 1954 with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

In his first in-person commencement address since his May 2019 installation as the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory challenged the 234 graduates to emulate the school’s namesake, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a 16th century saint who defied his aristocratic parents to join the Jesuits.

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