The Rockhurst Graduate

The community of Rockhurst High School has great hopes for the young men who graduate from our school. St. Ignatius challenged us to do more than average work and to lead and serve others Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God.

When young men leave Rockhurst High School, their growth is not complete. However, the Ignatian program and community help them mature and grow more confident in themselves and their ability to positively affect their community. 
Life will hold many challenges for our graduates. It’s our job to prepare them with the intellect, spiritual awareness and physical strength to deal with them in their own lives, and help others do the same. These five characteristics define our ideal graduate, a young man equipped to continue the mission of St. Ignatius. 

Open to Growth

With Sapientia in Christo ("Wisdom in Christ"), the graduate has begun to stretch his mind, imagination, feelings, and religious consciousness and understands the need for continual growth.

Intellectually Competent  

A Rockhurst graduate exhibits a mastery of the fundamental academic requirements for higher education, as well as interdisciplinary skills and understandings that go beyond what is required. He also sees the need for intellectual integrity and integrating spiritual values with all aspects of his life.


A graduate understands the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church, and will have examined his own religious beliefs in order to choose a fundamental orientation toward God and establish a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community.


By graduation, a Rockhurst student is well on the way to establishing his own identity. He is prepared to move beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in relationships with God and other people, risk deeper involvement in relationships, accept the mystery of another person, and cherish that person.

Committed to Doing Justice

A Rockhurst graduate has achieved considerable knowledge of the many needs of local and wider communities and is preparing to take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned, and responsible member.