With Prep's 140th Commencement set for Thursday evening, the soon-to-be-alumni of the Class of 2018 returned to Grand & Warren for their last time as students during Wednesday's Senior Exit Day. The seniors broke bread with members of the faculty and staff during a special brunch, participated in exit interviews about their Prep experience, and rehearsed for their graduation ceremony. A final crop of Spirit Awards was also presented during rehearsal.
This Friday through Sunday (May 25-27), close out the school year with Prep Dramatics as they present David Ives' All in the Timing, a series of one-act comedies that explore questions of vital importance – such as "What did Trotsky do with an axe in his head for one full day?" "What if who we think we are isn't who we really are?" and "Could a bunch of animals randomly type out Hamlet?"
On Tuesday, underclassmen returned to Prep for one last time before their early start to summer vacation. They reviewed exams, collected yearbooks, and attended class-level assemblies. For the Class of 2021, the highlight of the day was the opportunity to celebrate a successful first year at Prep, and to honor 17 outstanding classmates who were presented with Freshman Magis Awards.
As the Prep community gathered in the courtyard for Ascension Thursday Mass – minus the senior class, who now await their final grades and graduation – the timing could not have been more appropriate. After all, as Fr. Bob O'Hare, S.J., pointed out, the day commemorates a similar transition of leadership in the early Church, from Jesus himself to his disciples, who are left to continue his mission on earth.
The closing weeks of the school year have been busy for everyone at Prep, but perhaps busiest of all has been the Modern Language department. Recent highlights have included the induction ceremony for the national language honor societies, the results of national language exams, and the exchange trips that took place over spring break.