The Class of 2015 is now in the middle of their final semester at King’s, and they were given the opportunity to gather together to reflect on their time at King’s and get a chance to hear some advice from King’s College President Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C. at the Inaugural Senior Class Dinner.

The event started off with piano music and hors-d’oeuvres. The 70 seniors in attendance were given an opportunity to mingle with one another and Ryan.

Fr. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., the college chaplain, said “Having Father Ryan present gave the students to reflect on their faith experiences at King’s and how they can bring those experiences into the real world.”

After mingling, students were served a three course meal that was provided by dining services. The students were given a chance to listen to student speakers Tim Lambert, Kaitlyn Golbosits and Sophia Panaccion, as well as a talk from Ryan.

Lambert reflected on his time at King’s and how running track shaped the experience that he had.

“King’s is so much more than a facility offering higher education,” Lambert said. “Its academics are outstanding. But that is not why I chose to attend. It is the little bit of ‘extra’ that King’s offers that made the difference for me.”

The founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross had a very simple message for what was then the future of education. He said that a Holy Cross education not only transforms the minds of students, but also the hearts. Lambert’s reflection modeled that motto very profoundly.

Ryan McCarthy, a senior in attendance, said he enjoyed having the opportunity to hear from his fellow seniors.

“It was nice having my classmates’ experiences read aloud at the dinner,” McCarthy said. “It really influenced me to reflect on what I will talk with me after graduating King’s.”

Tim Rabanal, another senior who attended said the dinner validated the idea of the King’s College family.

“I liked being at the dinner,” Rabanal said. “This validates the idea of how we are a family here at King’s. It shows how their experiences make me want to be a part of their lives after we graduate from King’s. I’m blessed to call them my second family.”

Ryan talked about hope and how a King’s College experience fosters hope in the minds of young men and women. He referenced Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” This was a paradigm for the students to understand how to live in hope after graduating from King’s.

Senior Cara Medwick said Ryan’s talk reminded her of the support she received from her loved ones during her time at King’s.

“When Fr. Ryan was talking about the hope of our future and how it comes from those who love us and care about us, I thought of my parents and those who helped me during my years at King’s,” Medwick said. “I even started to tear up.”

The dinner was one of two events that the seniors were able to attend before graduation, with the second being the Thanksgiving Prayer Service. These two events are meant not only to be a social gathering of friends before graduation, but a spiritual reflection that can be taken with them after graduating.