Parade Through Campus Kicks Off Tribute Event

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

The strains of "For Boston" resounded throughout much of the University on May 1, as members of the Boston College community joined in an afternoon parade to show their admiration for outgoing University President J. Donald Monan, SJ. Led by the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, the parade formally kicked off the University's "Legacy of Excellence" tribute to Fr. Monan.

The Screaming Eagles Marching Band led the parade. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
Band members, wearing t-shirts adorned with the "Legacy of Excellence" logo, played and sang the University's traditional fight song as the procession left McElroy Commons. Faculty, employees, students and alumni joined the parade, singing and clapping along as they made their way through the Middle and Lower campuses and into Conte Forum.

The music and drums echoed through the campus - especially as the parade marched through the Commonwealth Avenue parking garage - and residential hall windows were lined with onlookers.

But perhaps the loudest sound was the marchers' enthusiastic greeting to Fr. Monan when he appeared at O'Neill Library to watch the parade pass. Participants also had their own personal tributes to Fr. Monan.

Fred Delay '64 came to campus to take part in the parade with his wife, Bonnie, a research analyst at the Institute for Scientific Research. While his years at Boston College pre-dated Fr. Monan's presidency, Delay said he had ample reason to take part in the tribute.

"He has taken BC through a magnificent growth period with a calm attitude that permeates the whole campus, which has earned him the respect of all those who have come in contact with him," said Delay. "I'm glad to be here today to share in this celebration to honor him."

"When I think of Fr. Monan, I think of kindness," said Mary Neville, assistant director of special events in the Alumni Association, who also participated. "He has a genuine interest in others and a deep love for the members of the BC community. He always has time for everybody."

Band member Jennifer Robinson '99, the daughter of a Boston College alumnus, said "Fr. Monan has built up the school to the high level and reputation it now enjoys. My dad said the school is much better than it was when he was here, with better facilities, more students and more activities."

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