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Dedication Day Honors, Remembers

The McDonogh School community and guests gathered on a crisp autumn morning at Childs Memorial Terrace for the Dedication Day ceremony. The annual event, held this year on Friday, October 14, honors the people whose labor, commitment, vision, and generosity led to the establishment and growth of the School and remembers beloved members of our community who left this life this past year. After the opening song, This is the Day, performed by the McDonogh Singers, Head of School Dave Farace ’87 welcomed students, faculty, and guests and explained the significance of the location. “We gather together at Child’s Memorial Terrace because it is a beautiful and sacred space — the place where we commence our journey as students and where, upon graduation, we begin the next chapter of our lives,” he said.

The Charles W. Britton Director of Character and Service Bridget Collins ‘90 gave the invocation and shared a reflection on Raymond Oliver ‘40, who she described as “a remarkable alumnus, teacher, and friend who impacted countless lives in our school, country, and world.”

In keeping with tradition, students then placed wreaths in recognition of and with gratitude to the individuals and groups whose stewardship, labor, philanthropy, dedication, and sacrifice helped establish, create, and enrich our school. Wreaths were placed in honor of:

  • the indigenous people, who hunted and stewarded the land for many generations before the School was founded;
  • the enslaved peoples of John McDonogh who worked on his plantations in Louisiana helped build a significant portion of his wealth;
  • John McDonogh whose gift of philanthropy established a school farm in Baltimore for poor boys, which became McDonogh School;
  • generations of devoted faculty and staff who held students to the highest standards while offering the highest level of support;
  • and McDonogh alumni who gave their lives in military service to our nation in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Following a rendition of The Dedication Hymn by the Upper School Concert Choir, Ninth Grade Chorus, and McDonogh Singers, 68 members of the McDonogh Family who passed away in the year prior to September 7, 2022, were remembered. Alumni Association President Caitlin C. Xenakis ’07, said, "Each of their lives provided us with examples of excellence, integrity, and honor. Their lives and contributions enriched both the McDonogh community and the wider world. And for that, we are forever grateful."

In remembrance, as each name was read, a bell tolled in Tagart Memorial Chapel, and Alumni Association Vice President Kimberly Hilson Carmichael ‘10 and Secretary Morris Garten ’85 reverently placed a white snapdragon in an urn. Together, the flowers created a lovely memorial arrangement.

The ceremony concluded with the playing of Taps. View the 2022 Dedication Day Ceremony here.

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