Class of 2020

Class of 2020, please enjoy the well-wishes and advice from your fellow alumni. We wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors. Congratulations and God Bless!

Congratulations! This is just the beginning. The one piece of advice that I would like to share with all of you is to truly treat others how you would want to be treated. Set your intentions, do ALL things with love and I promise you that life will never disappoint you, and don't forget to have fun! —Macy McCauley, Class of 2017

I wish you all the very best in life. I am deeply sorry that you all did not have a Prom, Last Day of Class, Senior Recollection, Senior Salute Night, and of course Graduation Ceremony. You had four great years of many memories to carry you all through these hard times. You all have made friends for a lifetime that you will one day look back and share this historical event that altered our lives forever. May God keep you in the palm of his hand and may you always stay forever young. Do not forget Gibbons is your home. Come and visit us and let us know how you are doing. With Great Affection and Love Mr. Cubas. —Carlos Perez-Cubas, Class of 1979

Your graduation this year is unprecedented and hopefully one that we won't see occur again. But your class has opportunities to succeed, unlike the graduates before you. Disruptions like you've experienced this year give you challenges and demand solutions. How you respond and adapt to these will define you for the rest of your life. When my class, the first-ever from CGHS, graduated in 1964 we didn't realize that the adaptations we had to make during our time at CGHS actually gave us better preparation for the future than other high school students who attended established schools. In 1964 CGHS was still surrounded by sand and swamp and lacked many of the most basic lab and teaching resources you've enjoyed. The colleges you will attend and the careers you choose will further prepare you and enable you to build on your adaptations. Just as our Class of 1964 produced many leaders and innovators I predict that the same will result from your Class of 2020. The future is yours now. —Phil Marcoux, Class of 1964

Congratulations on your graduation and all that you have achieved during your school years! You deserve much recognition for all of your dedicated work and effort. Try not to let the current situation discourage you in any way, or take away from your pride in your accomplishments. There will be a time to celebrate more fully in the future! If I have any advice, it is to not forget the faith foundation that you have been given during your days at Cardinal Gibbons. As you go through your lives and careers, you will call on that foundation more and more, and it will be your guide in many ways. Best of luck to all, and wishes for much success in the future!
—Marisa Spilios, Class of 1980

Best wishes for much success in all of your future endeavors. Remember to always be thankful for your blessings and to use your stumbling blocks as stepping stones. Life is a wonderful adventure. Enjoy it. —Donna Dunn-Tobias, Class of 1974

The minute you graduate hit the road running and you will truly make something of yourself. If you stumble along the way pick yourself up and aim for success. When you least expect it all the hard work will be worth it. —Glen Fiorello, Class of 1976

CONGRATULATIONS and carry on the great tradition of CGHS. —John D. Lovejoy, Class of 1964

Always stay positive. Don't worry about the small stuff. Change is constant. We have to adapt in order to persevere. —Matthew Greenley, Class of 2004

Class of 2020 you are strong and resilient! You will be handling more obstacles that are brought before you. Be strong! Know that you have a strong foundation from Cardinal Gibbons High School. You will go your separate ways but you can always stay connected. Big shout out to my niece, Julia Sarafianos! I love you! —Christina Mattheessen, Class of 1984

Good luck seniors! Don't be disappointed by corona, just be careful and think about how we will make history years to come!! Enjoy whatever you can now and have fun in college! —Jessica Victor, Class of 2018

Many of you come from very privileged backgrounds. Remember to be kind to everyone, despite their background, educational level, financial status, or sexual orientation. Simply put...Work hard and be nice to people. —Lisa Curzio-Blake, Class of 1982

Congratulations to the Cardinal Gibbons Class of 2020 for your academic achievement! You have all worked hard and earned your diplomas from what is simply one of the top High Schools in America. While circumstances have altered the way in which you expected to complete one of the most special years of our scholastic careers, being a High School Senior, you should be proud of your hard work and your ability to graduate under challenging conditions. Know that this experience will only strengthen and bolster you as you look forward to the future opportunities and challenges waiting for you, whether it be in college, trade school, military service, or any other future that you have chosen for yourself. Your families, your teachers and faculty, and your Catholic faith have prepared you well for your future. Embrace it and go after your goals with passion and zeal. The year 2020 has proven that you have the strength to persevere and overcome any challenge you decide to take on. Best wishes and God Bless the Cardinal Gibbons Class of 2020! —Richard Fetchik, Class of 1984

Hey, Class of 2020, I just want to congratulate all of you, I know this not what you expected. You all worked so hard, and that’s what makes you the greatest generation of this new millennial. In the face of a global pandemic, you stayed focused, continued to work hard and achieved your goals, those are the kinds of leaders we will need in the future. I wish you guys all the best, keep striving and keep smiling! We are all proud of you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of you! —Ayanna Armstead, Class of 2017

Make many friends but keep these three closest to you always: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Follow your heart with passion. —Mary Seese Muter, Class of 1968

Best wishes upon your graduation. What you are experiencing can only make you stronger and more resilient for the many adventures you will experience in life. —Joanne Grealy Richter, Class of 1964

Life is too short ......There is no script.....Follow your fear...... —Karen Liepold Voss, Class of 1983

I want to wish much good luck and happiness to the class of 2020. Enjoy your college years and do your best in planning for your future. Hopefully the world atmosphere will change for the better. —Mary Ann McCrohan, Retired Faculty Member

Congrats to this very special class of 2020! May you always bring Creativity, Wisdom & Faith with you wherever you go! —Carrie Bennett, Class of 1999

Congratulations to the entire wonderful class of 2020! While this pandemic has taken away a great deal of your graduating events and celebrations, I am sure the bonds you made at CGHS will continue to be as strong as any. You have a great class and have so much to look forward to in your lives. I hope you continue to stay connected with each other and CGHS, even as you find, grow and climb your individual paths. Go Chiefs and the Class of 2020! —Richard Zaden, Class of 1981

Surely the pandemic we are currently experiencing has greatly altered your graduation plans. From the perspective of a young person, this could be tough to take. As you deal with your circumstances, it may be helpful to consider a few things. Over the long arc of your life, the events of today will quickly fade into memory as you embark on many interesting and important activities. And the future is always bright, no matter how dark the present. Your best medicine for the current situation is to closely examine the many blessings in your life and be thankful for them. —Michael J. Falso, Class of 1982

Stay connected to your Creator. Pray often and live your faith. Keep your current friends and make new ones. Live a clean, wholesome life. Don’t do anything that will end or change your life. Think before you act. The good stuff happens when you’re not holding your cell phone. Know you are loved, and you have people cheering for you. Keep them close and be grateful. Make great memories and enjoy and cherish life! —Louise Hajjar Diamond, Class of 1983

Take all the knowledge you have learned and all the great friendships you have made with you throughout life and always remember where it came from...Cardinal Gibbons Highschool!! Make something with your life and don’t waste the lessons you have learned. —MaryJo Benvenuto Nardone, Class of 1975

Hold your memories close to heart, once a Chief, always a Chief! —Peter Biron, Class of 1995

You did it!! My advice to you all is to follow your gut and always be authentically yourself. You’ll be surprised by how many will accept you as is so never let anyone dull that sparkle of yours. Be proud of how far you’ve come and how much further you are about to go. Lastly, take the time before your next adventure begins to thank your teachers and/or those who helped you get to this point. Here’s to you all, congrats. Go Chiefs! —Kelly Dolph, Class of 2012

By working hard in whatever you love you will make an impact! —Bill Limperis, Class of 1982

Be yourself and remember that what you are is God’s gift to you and what you become is your gift to God. Good luck! —David Giltz, Class of 1973

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

Live and love!! You’ve got this!!! —Nancy Daley Coggins, Class of 1965

Congrats and Best Wishes in your future! Never forget all the times you had with your classmates and friends. Remember your teachers for all have done for you! Whichever college you attend, join a club and be active. That is how you will meet people. Rush a frat or sorority to meet new people. Welcome to the CG Alumni Association! Be well and have fun! —Hank Cook, Class of 2000

Congratulations and best wishes to you, members of the Class of 2020!! I hope each of you has had as great an experience at CGH as I did.

I have a few bits of advice:

- Recognize how being resilient now is helping you to navigate the current crisis, and how navigating the current crisis will help make you more resilient in the future

- Stay true to your principles - don't let peer pressure or media influence shake you from what you know to be true

- Recognize the need for God in your life, and stay close to Him, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit so you can feel their promptings

- Stay as close to your family as you can, consistent with your (and their) good mental health

- If and when the time comes to choose a spouse, choose carefully and wisely, with a view toward making it a lifetime partnership, not a disposable one

- Make new friends, and keep your old friends (and I mean real friends, not just social networking contacts)

- Be able to laugh at yourself, and remember the world does not revolve around you

- Be kind! —Ted Champagne, Class of 1970

Don't drop out of college. Even if you really want to, and it would be really fun to do. After that, don't drop out of graduate school. Even if you really want to, and it would be way more fun to do. After that, the rest is up to you. Don't mess it up. —Mark Erdman, Class of 2007

Good luck and make your mark on the world! —Natalie Taylor, Class of 1985

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Your resilience in dealing with this most challenging time is remarkable. My advice is to remain grounded in your Catholic faith. It is a beautiful gift, but it is a gift easily discarded or put away. If you keep it close to you, you will see things in a different perspective. As someone who abandoned the Church after leaving high school, it was not until several years later that the realization of a great void in my life was noted. I ventured back, and have never been the same since! It has provided a great calmness in times of adversity, and unfortunately, there will be times of adversity in your life. Stay in touch with your classmates; the friendships you have now are priceless. God bless all of you! —Dr. Angela Martin, Class of 1979

I have had the honor and privilege to teach US History and American Government to many of you. Therefore, I will leave you with some of the advice from some famous Americans.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."-John F. Kennedy

"We are not makers of history, we are made by history."--Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do."--Amelia Earhart

"It is not length of life, but depth of life."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."--Mark Twain

"The reward of suffering is experience."--Harry Truman

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."--Walt Disney

Enjoy your life! We are so proud of you! We can't wait to hear about your many successes yet to come! Carpe Diem! Go Chiefs! —Brian Dunne, Class of 2004

CGHS 2020...I am so very proud of each and every one of you. Superb finish and congrats. You all worked so hard. Feels great to be a senior on top. But wait, are you really on top?

1. Humble yourself. It is lonely at the top. If the climbers stay on top of Everest too long they die. Humble your mind and life. Help others get to the top but enjoy the climb. Smell those roses. Take in the fresh air. Chill. It is not always about being on top.

2. Education is the key and some networking and hustle. Deal with the harsh world. Challenge yourself. Open your heart and mind and serve God and show empathy. Love and caring are actions....just do it.

3. Never stop learning. You think you know it all. It's OK. You do not. Do not make social media your life. It is a garnish. It is healthy but in moderation. Accept failure it is part of the new boot camp you will face.

4. Be slow to judge others and bully and criticize. Do not bully anyone period. Defend others and show love. Show empathy and sympathy. Be there. Your presence is so valued.

5. Have a happy and respectful life. I am Perry Capurro CGHS 79 alumni. I'm living in the COVID-19 world trying to help drug and alcohol male addicts from dying. I'm a recovery specialist. Happy and respectful living can be found again. The addict longs and strives to recover. Don't lose focus and don't overindulge. Preserve your dignity and integrity. Do the right thing always.

6. Money is great but it’s not all there is to life. It is a tool and means. Your education and career paths take investment. Not just money investing but your time. You can be so rich in love, caring, and helping others. That is priceless. A humble loving heart.

7. Anger and resentment will wear away your soul and spirit. Try not to allow these powerful feelings to consume you. It's OK to be mad or angry or upset....but let it go. It is not you or who we are. Forgiveness is greater.

8. Be the bridge. Bring others together. Learn from every single soul you meet. Go the extra mile...smile...be thankful and love your parents and family and friends joyfully.

9. Remember the journey. There is always a destination. But how did you get here? Build that toolbox of skills to carry with you and treat with reverence the gift of life and what God has given you.

10. Stay in touch everyone. My email is pcapurro3@gmail.com and I would love to hear how you all are doing post Gibbons. Email me anytime. I'm here to listen and I care. You are alumni now. Stay in touch. Share your climb out of earth's orbit to the stars.

Best wishes and God bless you all and your families and future endeavors. I am so proud of each of you. —Perry Capurro, Class of 1979