By the time of his graduation, the Gonzaga student has accomplished much of the transition to the world of young adulthood.
He is not yet fully mature, but he has definitely left behind the world of childhood. He has been engaged in the process of creating a distinct personal identity. That identity is being fashioned through a continuous process of development, a "rising spiral" that overcomes the possibility of failure through the steady acquisition of skills and the nurturing of values. As the skills grow and the values deepen, the student experiences the satisfaction of mastery; and the anxiety and fear of failure give way to an increasing sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Slowly, hestitantly, but progressively, the student by the time of his graduation has begun to approach maturity. This maturity best shows itself in generosity of spirit, in the courage to lead, and in the desire to use talents and education in the service of others. The student by the time of his graduation has been working to assemble the intellectual and moral abilities necessary to deal with the complexities of the surrounding world. He is now able to frame questions, to seek coherence, to make judgements, to decide, and to act.
Below is the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation–an attempt to complete this vision of the young Gonzaga adult approaching maturity. It is also a model and framework for each student to reflect upon and aspire to throughout his time at Gonzaga, and afterward. Gonzaga's mission is to form graduates who are: