They made sure to celebrate!
An entire graduating class at an all-boys New Orleans high school was accepted to college and earned a combined $9.2 million in scholarship offers.
St. Augustine High School is located in New Orleans’ 7th ward, a private, Catholic, all-male college preparatory school for boys in grades 8-12. Founded in 1951, the school remains one of the leading educational institutes for Black men in the state. There the young men learn leadership principles while emphasizing the values of academic excellence, morals, responsibility, and discipline.
This week, one of the mothers of a St. Augustine graduate, Twitter user @Kay_Jeaux, took to the social media platform to share a clip of the class of 2022 as they celebrated graduation in full cap and gown alongside a second line band. Captioned under the clip were a few receipts for the graduating class.
“It’s late but I don’t care. The world deserves to see this Black boy joy. Congratulations to THE St. Augustine High School class of 2022. 100% college acceptance. $9.2M in scholarships. Straight out of the 7th ward of New Orleans,” Jeaux tweeted.
It’s late but I don’t care. The world deserves to see this black boy joy. Congratulations to THE St. Augustine High School class of 2022. 100% college acceptance. $9.2M in scholarships. Straight out of the 7th ward of New Orleans. Let that make headlines! Dance! pic.twitter.com/ZO9GdfMceIadvertisement
— ⚜Jeaux⚜ (@Kay_Jeaux) May 19, 2022
The post sparked widespread praise for the boys, having been viewed already more than 300,000 times. Twitter users from all over took to social media to share their congratulations and joy around the accomplishment. Check out some of the responses below.
I luv it!!! Go Purple! Congratulations to you young men. I know that St Aug has prepared you for what’s to come. Time to show the world your greatness!! Lesssgo!advertisement
— Gigi (@NOLABreeze99) May 20, 2022
got tears in my eyes! these young men will change the world! pic.twitter.com/sRtmO6BeS3advertisement
— Booked and Busy (@jay_slypig) May 19, 2022
Nephew is in that number and he’s headed to Notre Dame!! pic.twitter.com/j6ycfZv9wbadvertisement
— kameelah nia johnson (@ivyleague33) May 19, 2022
This is what our world desperately needs: Joy, just full blown happiness and celebration. Congratulations to all these young men and their families. ❤️❤️❤️advertisement
— MG (@Kuro_no_kaze) May 20, 2022
I have so much love and respect for St. Augustine. My big brother went there and he still raves about it to this day. Big congrats to them!!! https://t.co/9l89WIGd6Eadvertisement
— It’s.Ari.DUHHH (@BabyAri14) May 20, 2022
Congratulations, gentlemen! Wishing you all the very best in your future endeavors.
Photo Courtesy of St. Augustine NOLA/Twitter