Two years ago, the Gilman Alumni Association Board of Governors reimagined the tradition of presenting the graduating seniors with their Gilman ties during their final weeks on campus. Because of pandemic restrictions, we couldn’t bring the Class of 2020 together in Centennial Hall to receive the ties, so instead, we took the ties to the boys. The event provided a great connection between the alumni and the students and was so well received by all that we repeated it last year. Once again, the experience produced such rave reviews that we did it again this year!
On Wednesday, June 1, members of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, the faculty, and their families — all Gilman alumni themselves — drove to each graduating senior’s home to present him with his Gilman tie. In all, 48 “drivers” delivered ties and class pins to the 120 members of the Class of 2022. Special shoutouts go to Brooks Matthews ’87, who piled up 164 miles making seven deliveries between Ellicott City and Annapolis, and to David Clinnin ’69 who graciously filled in for another alumnus who had a last-minute conflict and made a slew of deliveries as far north as Phoenix.
Although their look has evolved over the years, these ties remain cherished mementos of Gilman graduates dating back to the School’s earliest days. It is our sincere hope that this small gesture helps the Class of 2022 to understand their importance within the Gilman community and the support that they have from the School’s entire alumni base.
In an email to the graduating seniors the day after the deliveries, Alumni Association Board of Governors President Malcolm Ruff ’02 and Director of Alumni Relations Nathaniel Badder ’94 wrote, “As your days on Roland Avenue draw to a close, we hope that the delivery of your Gilman tie will serve as an impactful and important milestone. In particular, we hope that you feel — as we both do — that Gilman instilled in you a core set of values that will help steer you as you embark on the next chapter of your life. And, we hope that you will view this tie as a connection between you and the network of more than 8,000 Gilman graduates who have previously passed through the School’s halls. 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 happiness and success in all of their future endeavors to the members of the Gilman Class of 2022!