Meet Our Alumni
JINELLE CRAIG '03
There are certain lessons I've learned at Girard College that will always stick with me. One, in particular, I gleaned in a literature class while reading Shakespeare's Hamlet: "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
My Girard education taught me not only about Shakespeare, but also about the importance of being faithful to my own values and to honor my commitments.
Girard prepared me to successfully navigate college and to seek out intellectually challenging and stimulating opportunities. My core values, which were cultivated at Girard, have always rightfully steered my decisions in life. As a law student, I have learned that reasoning can help one determine right from wrong, but it does not necessarily inspire one to always do it. This is where our core values must come into play. My formative years at Girard taught me how to ultimately tap into my moral compass and, in the process, be true to myself.
GIRARD COLLEGE CLASS OF 2003
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, COLUMBIA COLLEGE 2007
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JD/MGA 2011
OLUMIDE BAMIDELE OLUWOLE '00
When I think back on my days as a student at Girard College, I can't help but remember the genuine spirit of caring that characterized the teachers and staff. Founder Stephen Girard must undoubtedly have had a great deal of compassion as well to have created such a warm and welcoming place of learning.
Throughout my undergraduate years and in my professional and social life, I've always felt a strong desire to alleviate others' suffering. This stems from witnessing compassion in action during my years at Girard. My regard for others has carried over into my current job at JP Morgan where I look for ways to help managers improve their leadership strategies so they can better serve their clients.
Compassion is contagious. My friends, family and co-workers are catching on, and I thank Girard College for creating an impact that will last a lifetime.
OLUMIDE BAMIDELE OLUWOLE
AVP/Relationship Sales Officer
GIRARD COLLEGE CLASS OF 2000
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, B.S. IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE 2005
EDDIE GALLAGHER '99
My education at Girard College taught me how to take responsibility for my actions, whether in the classroom, in the residence halls or on the playing field. Sometimes taking responsibility led to my earning praise and sometimes it resulted in tough consequences. One thing's for sure— both outcomes prepared me for the real world.
It wasn't until I graduated that I came to understand what a crucial lesson I'd learned. The staff at Girard prepared us to be good citizens in life as well as responsible, and therefore successful, students in college.
The appreciation and respect I feel for my educational experience led me to pursue a career as a teacher and administrator at Girard. It is my hope that I can pass on what I've learned and teach our current students to be responsible members of the community.
Assistant Academic Coordinator of the Girard College Upper School
GIRARD COLLEGE CLASS OF 1999
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, B.S. IN EDUCATION 2004 (CUM LAUDE)
HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY, MASTER OF EDUCATION 2010
WILLIAM J. TILLINGHAST '78
My education at Girard College provided me with a nurturing and structured environment that allowed me to develop a strong sense of self-discipline.
This self-discipline came in handy while pursuing my career as a chef. Throughout my training, I needed to learn how to be my own boss as I encountered challenging work environments and social situations. It is this ability to push myself and overcome obstacles that led me to success and elevation to my current position as Director of Culinary & Pastry Programs for AIP.
Because of my years at Girard College, I have found the personal strength I need to make good decisions on my own, which is a useful skill that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
WILLIAM J. TILLINGHAST MBA CEC AAC WMCS '78
Director International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Northeast Regional Vice President of The American Culinary Federation
GIRARD COLLEGE CLASS OF 1978
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, AOS IN CULINARY ARTS 1980
ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH, B.S. IN CULINARY MANAGEMENT 2006
SOUTH UNIVERSITY, MBA MARKETING 2008
JOHN GEARHEART '60
Out of all of Girard College's core values—respect, integrity, responsibility, compassion and self-discipline—I believe that respect is the most important.
In life, it is crucial that we learn to respect ourselves and each other. To me, respect is something that no one can take away from another person without his or her permission. That is a prime reason why I believe that self-respect is the only road to true happiness. Once we've learned to respect ourselves, we can pass on this respect to others.
When we respect others, we encourage them to achieve their dreams. I was delighted to have Shalonda, a recent Girard graduate, as an intern at Penn. Her maturity and confidence were impressive and further demonstrated her own sense of self-respect that ultimately helped her to reach her goal of enrolling at Stanford University.
JOHN D. GEARHART, PH.D.
Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
GIRARD COLLEGE CLASS OF 1960
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, B.S. 1964
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, M.S. 1966
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, PH.D. 1970