Emily Davies has a great article at The Washington Post about the University of Maryland’s practice of sending members of its marching band to inform select students that they have been accepted to the university. Davies tells the story of Alejandro Marroquin, a son of immigrants and a first-generation college student. Well done.
Here is a taste:
Hours later, he was watching a TV show with his parents when the doorbell rang. Outside were members of U-Md. ‘s marching band. A person in a giant turtle costume stood next to a man who said, “Congratulations Alejandro! You’ve been admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park.”
Alejandro’s parents had been in on the secret. Days before, an admissions official called them to say that their son had been admitted. The official had asked them to keep the news quiet; the school wanted the big reveal to be public, with a marching band and a videographer to record the scene.
Maryland had started the tradition in 2015, choosing two to four students in Maryland each year. The applicants had submitted applications by Nov. 1, the deadline for Early Action candidates.
Alejandro’s house was the band’s third stop of the day.
Trumpets blared. Cymbals crashed. His mom, a few feet behind him, pulled out her phone to record.
“Thank you thank you,” Alejandro said, beaming and holding the red admissions envelope to his chest. “I appreciate it.”
He hugged the terrapin, U-Md. ‘s mascot.
Then, Alejandro took drum sticks from a woman dressed in a U-Md. shirt and cap, and began to play.
Read the entire piece here.