With Prep's 140th Commencement set for Thursday evening, the soon-to-be-alumni of the Class of 2018 returned to Grand & Warren for their last time as students during Wednesday's Senior Exit Day. The seniors broke bread with members of the faculty and staff during a special brunch, participated in exit interviews about their Prep experience, and rehearsed for their graduation ceremony. A final crop of Spirit Awards was also presented during rehearsal.
During the brunch, the seniors heard from Fr. Tony Azzarto, S.J., Mr. Greg Morrissey, '08 and their own Gerald Graves, '18, each of whom offered some perspective on where the class had been, and where they are headed. Referring to Alexander the Great ordering his men to burn the boats that had carried them to Persia, Mr. Morrissey encouraged the graduates to "burn" old habits that might stand in the way of their future growth, instead choosing to meet new challenges fearlessly, equipped with the tools acquired at Grand & Warren.
After practicing the entrance and diploma presentation procedures for Thursday's ceremony, the seniors had an opportunity to celebrate two groups of classmates – six seniors who were named to Campus Ministry's Dorothy Day Society, and four who received the last Prep Spirit Awards for the Class of 2018.
Joseph Mastrodonato, Patrick Thoms-Bauer, Gerald Graves, Thomas Lee, Daniel Rowe, and Christopher Shaw were named to the Dorothy Day Society for exemplary commitment to justice and service to the poor and marginalized. These are students who serve and work for justice not because it is “fair," but instead because of call to share God’s love with all people, regardless of socioeconomic status, disability, or age.
The Spirit Award winners, pictured left to right below with Mr. Locricchio and Mr. DeAngelo, were Brendan Thiele, Michael Richards, Nick Ramirez, and Fernando Cordova.