21 December 2019 marks another historic moment for Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiola (CSIL). It was the school’s second Year 12 graduation, with 109 students – 42 boys and 67 girls. The batch called themselves the “Caminheiros”. Present in the ceremony were the families of the graduates and some honorable guests which included the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Ms Dulcia de Jesus Soares, Former Prime Minister of Timor Leste and Commencement Speaker, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, representative of Japanese Embassy, Seiko Toyama, and Regional Superior of Jesuits in Timor Leste, Fr Joaquim Sarmento, SJ, and other local authorities.
This momentous occasion was full of happiness and magnificence noticeable from the radiance of the smiles and enthusiasm of the graduates. Full of confidence and contentment they marched-in in their blue togas accompanied by their parents. The audience gave them a standing ovation which made the parents all the more proud of the achievements of their children, as well as a sense of fulfilment that they have contributed to their children’s success. One also cannot miss the joy and pride of the teachers manifested through their sparkling smiles as they marched in together with the students and parents.
“Go Forth and Set the World on Fire” is the theme chosen by the pioneering batch of Colegio de Santo Inacio de Loiola for their momentous graduation day,
on the 22nd of December 2018, Saturday. The ceremony started with a thanksgiving mass
presided by Fr. Joaquim Sarmento, SJ, to give thanks for the grace and spirit of accompaniment that God bestowed onto the students from the day they started their education at CSIL until this very day of Graduation. It is also a thanksgiving mass for the efforts of all the educators, parents, staffs, superiors, and everyone that contributed to the success of these students today and in the future.
The spirit and efforts of the students make them more inventive in looking for ways to find some financial support for their graduation ceremony. On the 12th of December 2018, the students organized The Loiola Concert to raise some fund by selling concert tickets to other schools and whoever interested in watching the live musical event.