I guess the best way to explain what Cardinal Gibbons means to me is to share the impact of Gibbons on the key events in my life. I come from a family of five Gibbons graduates, including my son.
The education at Cardinal Gibbons is second to none. Beyond the academic environment Cardinal Gibbons provided, the opportunity to develop confidence, leadership and many life skills that I use every day. I was involved in many extracurricular activities and very seldom went home on the regular bus as there was always something to do after classes ended.
I graduated from Cardinal Gibbons in 1973 and went on to attend UMBC where I graduated with a BA in Economics and Accounting. I was the first Accounting graduate from UMBC. Cardinal Gibbons provided me the confidence, work ethic, structure, and time management skills that allowed me to succeed in college, blaze new trails, pass the CPA exam without the aid of a review course, and land good career opportunities. The skills to accomplish the impossible and the attitude that anything can be attained through hard work that were taught by my parents and reinforced by faculty and staff during my time at Gibbons, have followed me through my career in places like BGE, Zurich North America and currently the City of Baltimore as Chief Accounting Officer.
In 1976 I was married to the girl of my dreams in the Weber House by Fr. Richard Kuhn, a Marianist priest who was an advisor during my time at Gibbons. We have been married for almost 34 years.
In 1984 my son Michael was born and was baptized by Fr. George Cerniglia at our local parish. Fr. George was my senior homeroom moderator and advisor.
In 1985 my father passed away and his funeral was presided over by another Marianist priest Fr. Mike.
Between 1998-2002 I had the opportunity to live the Gibbons experience again this time as a parent. I was honored that my son Michael wanted to attend Cardinal Gibbons. I told him that if he got involved in the school that he would always remember his Gibbons life as one of his life’s highlights. He took my advice and, to me, set a new standard for involvement and academic achievement. In June 2002 I presented Michael his Cardinal Gibbons diploma at graduation. This was one of the major thrills of my life. You cannot imagine what it feels like to present your son his diploma from your alma mater. Michael has gone on to graduate from Princeton University as the top student-athlete academically in 2006, earn a MPHIL from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and now is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University. Yes, I am proud of Michael and of the education he received at Cardinal Gibbons.
When I think of Cardinal Gibbons I think of family. I think of a place where you are given the chance to explore education in many facets of life. You are challenged to excel and provided the support to succeed. I always feel welcome when I return to Gibbons for events.
My dream has always been to return to Cardinal Gibbons and even interviewed for the President’s job when the position was originally established. I want to give back to Gibbons and hopefully will be given that opportunity in the future. Maybe someday, the new Gibbons will allow me to return in some capacity.
To me Cardinal Gibbons means family and excellence. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to attend Cardinal Gibbons and I thank my parents for this opportunity. I also thank everyone in the Gibbons community that has been part of my life. There are too many to list.
Michael Broache, CPA, CFE, CIA, MBA
Class of 1973