A Special Supper for Seniors
Rachelle Garbarine

Graduation day is on Sunday, May 26, heralding the end of high school life for members of the Class of 2019, which is an emotional time not only for seniors but also for educators. Knowing that Gibbons educators recently hosted senior supper as their special way to say goodbye to the soon-to-be grads.

The supper, now in its second year, is designed to be an exclusive time between educators and students; a time to reflect and share memories with seniors as they prepare to embark on the next chapter in their lives. It also is a reflection of community, a celebration of shared learning, and a testament to the lifelong bonds of friendship that form at Gibbons.

“The senior supper gives educators the opportunity to serve the students in a very personal way,” explained Math Chair Joan Troy. “Think of the joy in a family dinner – that is what we feel – educators and students - on the night of senior supper.”

“The senior supper gives educators the opportunity to serve the students in a very personal way,” explained Math Chair Joan Troy. “Think of the joy in a family dinner – that is what we feel – educators and students - on the night of senior supper.”

English Educator Julie Perry added: "While we as educators participate in graduation and Baccalaureate Mass, these events are really for families to celebrate their graduate. Senior supper is our chance to celebrate the graduates and show them we love them through food and fellowship. We truly enjoy working together to make it a special night."

From the moment seniors walked into this year’s senior supper, held on May 20, educators were on hand to greet them and escort them into the main gym, which was turned into an elegant dining hall. Educators had a hand in every aspect of the event– from organizing and setting it up, to cooking and serving the food. The hope? Seniors will remember this night as one of their favorite Gibbons memories.

And there were plenty of memorable Gibbons memories - for sure. Who could forget educators cooking dinner for or dressed in waiters’ garb serving meals to seniors? And there was Math Educator Shari Frederick’s joyful welcome, and Director of Outreach Ministry Gary Meyerl ’82 expressive talk about the meaning behind the Gibbons crosses given to each senior. There also was English Educator Michael Friedman’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel,” Julie Perry’s heartfelt goodbye, and Math Educator Dr. John Sprague playing the bagpipes and leading the way as the seniors exited the school under a canopy of sparklers.

Perhaps the most memorable moment was when seniors took their seats for dinner. Once there, they turned over the program for the evening, placed at each senior’s table setting, to find a graduation photo of and a quotation offering some sage advice from an educator. The seniors were fascinated. 

They were also grateful for the entire evening. “Having the people, I have looked to for help these past four years serve me food at senior supper was so humbling,” said Emily Duerr ’19. “I could really feel how much the educators cared for me and it was amazing to see them put their talents together to pull off a beautiful event."

Mihir Nagaraj ’19 added: “It’s a very Gibbons thing for one of our last events here to be all about showing us how much we are loved. Like Mr. Meyerl said, ‘Gibbons is a place we can come home to.’”

"The senior supper,” Connor DesVergers’19 agreed and noted, “was incredibly special and the educators really showed their love and appreciation for us…   I will always remember how much I am loved and cared for by the Gibbons community.”

Educators also enjoyed the evening. “The supper is our time for joy and hugs mixed with some tears, said Dance Program Artistic Director Brooks Owens. “It is our chance to serve students and give them one last goodbye before they graduate.”

 

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