On May 19, Delbarton Alumni Association President Chris Bury ’91, P'19,20,'23 introduced by Assistant Headmaster for Advancement & Alumni Craig Paris ’82, P'13,'15,'19, welcomed the Class of 2022 into the Long Green Line of Delbarton alumni. Bury offered a powerful case for the Delbarton alumni network: stay connected with friends, attend alumni events to meet and network with alumni from across the decades, become an active member of and contributor to the Delbarton alumni community, and support Delbarton with an annual donation. "This is, possibly, the strongest high school alumni network in the country," he said. As Paris told seniors in his opening remarks, "When you're out, you're IN!"
Previously, seniors had logged onto Delbartonalumni.com where they now have access to fellow alumni, access news and invitations, and able to RSVP to the many events the Alumni Association hosts throughout the year (the first one is right around the corner, the annual Pig Roast/Dinner Meeting in the Garden on Thursday, June 2). Boys can also search jobs and internships, and make valuable connections as they navigate through their college years and beyond. As the youngest members of the Delbarton Alumni Association, seniors were also invited to pledge their fiscal support in writing. Bury explained the significant role Delbarton Annual Fund plays in the life and quality of the school. 'It's all about participation," he said as he pointed out that on average 35% of Delbarton alumni donate to the School each year, an impressive level of support for any college or independent school.
Alumni Career Day was next, with remarks by Tom Murphy ‘95 (Physician/Neonatologist), Joe Colangelo ’03 (Entrepreneur/Business Owner), Terry Culmone ’01 (Wall Street/Private Equity Partner), Joe Petrucci ’10 (Real Estate Development and Andrew Gannon ‘17 (Delbarton Alumni Teaching Fellow) who are pictured below with Chris Bury on left.
Each man offered advice to our graduating Delbarton seniors: Stay intellectually flexible in college, think of college as a blank slate for yourself, find what you're good at and what you genuinely enjoy, and always keep moving forward. Above all, all five men affirmed the power of the Delbarton network.
Several speakers reminded boys of the gift of their Delbarton education and the authentic, supportive community and network that comes with it. Seniors had an opportunity to ask questions -- a salute here to the Class of 2022 for asking some terrific ones. After a quick photo opp with our alumni presenters, the boys headed to the Senior Garden for a picnic of subs, chips, drinks and dessert in the Garden courtesy of the Alumni Association.
Alumni speakers joined them, giving seniors a comfortable setting to ask more questions one-on-one.
Boys exited with goodie bags filled with a Class of 2022 t-shirts, phone wallets, and Class of 2022 mugs courtesy of our DMG and F&F parent organizations.
Off to a good start for Delbarton's youngest alumni. On June 5, the Long Green Line of five thousand-plus Delbarton alumni stands ready to welcome 133 new members from the Class of 2022. The Senior Awards Ceremony takes place on Friday, May 20, followed by the all-class photo on the front lawn of Old Main. After a break for Memorial Day weekend, our young near-grads celebrate at the Senior Prom on Friday, June 3, then join their parents for Graduation 2022 on Sunday afternoon, June 5.
We salute these young men from the Class of 2022 as they move briskly from Delbarton students to Delbarton's youngest alumni!