All Seniors of First Graduating Class at Don Bosco Cristo Rey HS Receive College Acceptance Letters

May 20, 2011

Graduation day will be a particularly special time at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. With the first class graduating, the school is proud to announce that all seventy seniors have been accepted into college.

Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows
1006 Larch Avenue
Takoma Park, MD

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, June 2, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, is scheduled to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, will be the special guest and speaker at the commencement.

The first graduating class of young adults at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School have satisfied a rigorous high-school curriculum, earned significant experience working in the local business community, and paid for a portion of their own education through their dedicated labors.

All of the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School students are from economically challenged families, and more than 60% are the first generation of their families to attend college. The class is 57% female, 43% male, 64% Hispanic, 34% Black.

Don Bosco Cristo Rey is the newest high school in the Archdiocese of Washington, serving 280 students this year. For the current school year, the median annual family income for DBCRHS families is less than $35,000.

A key part of the educational experience at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School is the Corporate Work Study Program. Every student is required to work one full day a week, plus a rotating Monday, at a sponsoring company to gain workplace experience and cover the majority of the cost of their education. Currently, there are 70 job teams working with companies like the Carlyle Group, Winston & Strawn LLP, Washington Hospital Center, Ernst & Young and Fannie Mae. One of the corporate work-study sponsors, Lou Boland, of Boland, Inc. said, “These kids are business leaders of tomorrow, proving themselves today.”

Don Bosco Cristo Rey is funded through the work study program, modest tuition and donations.

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