Seniors Share Autographs on Shirt Signing Day

Posted April 28, 2016 / Last updated April 28, 2016

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Gabriel Griffin signs his classmate's shirt.

Gabriel Griffin signs his classmate’s shirt.

The Class of 2016 assembled at lunch to continue a tradition on the last day of classes for seniors — the signing of uniform shirts. Originally scheduled to take place on Will Clark Field, the shirt signing was moved indoors due to inclement weather.  (Thunderstorms also prompted the cancellation of yesterday’s Slip & Slide lunch activity.)

The rain took a hiatus around 3 p.m., allowing seniors to partake in another final-day tradition. When the dismissal bell rang, whoops and hollers filled the halls as the Class of 2016 raced out the doors, through the Traditions Courtyard, and onto Will Clark Field to celebrate their last full day of class as Jesuit students. The Class of 2016 wraps up Senior Week on Friday, April 29 with a host of activities.

(Check below for the photos and drone video of the senior exodus.)

Friday, April 29 | Senior Day | Senior Showcase & Commencement Luncheon | Auditorium & Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Seniors come to Jesuit in coat and tie for their final Morning Assembly as Jesuit students. After being formally dismissed, seniors make their way into the Auditorium to begin Senior Day activities. The main attraction is the Senior Showcase, a chance for Blue Jays to share their talents — and a few laughs — with their classmates.

Afterwards, seniors board several school buses to make their way downtown where the 273 members of the Class of 2016 will be officially welcomed into the Jesuit Alumni Association at the Commencement Luncheon. This year the luncheon will be held in the Bienville Club Lounge of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Seniors and alumni guests will hear from speaker Gerald Herbert ’82. Gerald is a staff photographer for the Associated Press who has covered major events including the 9/11 attacks at both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the Gulf Oil Spill, Mother Teresa, Hurricane Katrina, the World Series, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the World Series, among others. Herbert has also been a staff photographer for the Washington Times, the New York Daily News, and a freelancer for the AP in New Orleans, Boston, and New York. (View Gerald’s portfolio.)

Before the earnestness of senior exams begins next week, the almost-graduates will enjoy their Senior Prom Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight at Generations Hall. Tickets are $40 at the door.