How do you get more than 50 Gilman alumni out of bed on an early summer morning? You give them a chance to present ties to this year's graduating seniors!
So, on Wednesday, May 31, Gilman alumni between the Classes of 1964-2022 made home deliveries to all 119 seniors. These alumni included family members (fathers, brothers, and cousins), faculty and staff, members of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, and a handful of close friends. Drivers, decked out in their own Gilman ties, traveled to points north, south, east, and west, reaching homes as far afield as Bel Air, Glenelg, and Edgewater.
Special shoutouts go to Alex DeWeese '11 for squeezing in seven stops and to Bill Gamper '71, who participated during the lead-up to his retirement party. Further, brothers Kendall '18, Simeon '19, and Nigel Parker '21 teamed up to present little brother Noah with his tie. Additionally, Peter McGill '93 capped off 15 years as a Gilman parent by delivering a tie to his second graduating son.
Although their look has evolved over the years, these ties remain cherished mementos of Gilman graduates dating back to the School's earliest days. We sincerely hope that this small gesture helps the Class of 2023 understand their importance within the Gilman community and the support they have from the School's entire alumni base.
In a follow-up letter to the soon-to-be graduates, Alumni Association Board of Governors President Tom Prevas '98 wrote, "As your days on campus draw to a close, we hope that you will think of the receipt of your Gilman tie as a significant life milestone. In particular, we hope you feel, as a new member of the Alumni Association, that Gilman has instilled in you skills and values to guide you through this next chapter of life. Further, we hope that this tie will signify for you the connections you have with more than 8,000 Gilman graduates who have previously stood where you stand, on the precipice of life beyond Roland Avenue. Most importantly, we hope that you will lean on these men for advice, guidance, and support at every step along your journey."
Please join us in wishing the members of the Class of 2023 happiness and success in all of their future endeavors!