“Wolverine Way” concluded Senior Week and provided the Class of 2020 with a special send-off on May 8th! Armed with pots and pans, noisemakers and cheer cards, the Jesuit fathers and members of the faculty and staff, lined the entrance area of the school and waved as the seniors and their families drove by.
“We have always said that Belen is a family and today was a perfect example of what a family does to make sure each member feels loved,” said José E. Roca, Principal. “The smiles, and in some cases the tears on their faces, revealed what was in their hearts. We know that this is a special class that is going through a once in a lifetime experience. Their future is bright and they will never forget this special day.”
The members of the class of MMXX also received their senior gifts, water bottles, USB drives (filled with memories), a Salve Regina prayer card, pan con lechón, and special gifts from the classes of 2021 and 2022. It was a perfect Miami day, the sun was shining bright, and one by one, over 200 cars made their way past the music and cheering, ending where their day always began, seeing Father Willie and Mr. Roca at the entrance of the school. This time, they weren’t met with a handshake. Instead, they got an elbow bump and a commemorative photo. As they drove off-campus, they saw a banner that read “To be continued”, a nod that we will see them again at graduation!
“The idea that drove the project was our sincere hope that the students’ memories of the event would last a lifetime,” said Gigi Garcia-Chang, Community Events Director. “The best part of my job is that I have the awesome responsibility of creating special moments for families. Together with the committee and the help of so many others we were able to have an event that our seniors won’t forget.”
This may not have been the way they would have wanted to end their Belen Jesuit experience, but it was an amazing way to begin their Belen Alumni journey. Congratulations to the men of the Belen Jesuit Class of 2020. Click here to see the photo album.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.