On May 17, Delbarton Alumni Association President John Ferramosca '05, introduced by Assistant Headmaster for Advancement & Alumni Craig Paris ’82, P'13,'15,'19, welcomed the Class of 2023 into the Long Green Line of Delbarton alumni.
Ferramosca 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. He introduced Gianni Vinci '18 to explain the new Delbarton Collegiate initiative, a rapidly expanding program that is forming Delbarton alumni networks on college campuses. In his introductory remarks, Paris told seniors "when you're out you're in!". When these 140 young men graduate on June 4, they immediately become a part of the Long Green Line of 5,500+ Delbarton alumni and instant brothers.
Seniors are encouraged to log onto Delbartonalumni.com, a password protected portal where they now have access to fellow alumni, news and invitations, and can 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 1). 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. 'It's all about participation," Paris told seniors as he pointed out that, on average, 36% 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 Richard Sciaretta '03 (Commercial Real Estate Developer), Jerry Jabbour '92 (Matinas BioPharma Holdings CEO), Dan DeGeorge '05 (Tech/Real Estate Business Development), Matt Delaney '05 (Private Equity), and Peter Wujciak '08 (Trial Attorney), pictured below (with Vinci and Ferramosca standing third and second from right).
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, take risks, do what you enjoy, and always keep moving forward. Above all, all five speakers affirmed the power of the Delbarton network. One Delbarton/Ivy League alumnus said, "The network at Delbarton is far stronger than my college network."
Several speakers reminded boys of the gift of their Delbarton education and the authentic, supportive community and network that comes with it. After each speaker, seniors had an opportunity to ask questions -- a salute here to the Class of 2023 for asking some terrific ones. After picking up a gift bag contaning an official Class of 2023 t-shirt and a Delbarton Alumni Assocation cell phone wallet, seniors headed to the Formal Garden for a picnic of subs, chips, drinks and dessert courtesy of the Alumni Association. They also picked up another instant memento, a glass listing all 140 2023 graduates' names, courtesy of the DMG and F&F parent organizations.
Off to a good start for Delbarton's youngest alumni. On June 4, the Long Green Line of fifty-five hundred-plus Delbarton alumni stands ready to welcome Class of 2023 graduates. The Senior Awards Ceremony takes place this Friday, May 19, 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 2, then join their parents for Graduation 2023 on Sunday afternoon, June 4.
We salute these young men from the Class of 2023 as they move briskly from Delbarton students to Delbarton's youngest alumni!