You made it! It was a tough year by any measure. Nevertheless you persisted – or, to borrow from the great Chicago songwriter Curtis Mayfield, you kept on keeping on.

In lieu of hackneyed advice, we offer you some of the words of that song:

Everybody gather round and listen to my song
I’ve only got one

We who are young, should now take a stand
Don’t run from the burdens of women and men
Continue to give, continue to live
For what you know is right

Most of your life can be out of sight
Withdraw from the darkness and look to the light
Where everyone’s free
At least that’s the way it’s supposed to be

We just keep on keeping on
We just keep on keeping on

Many think that we have blown it
But they too will soon admit
That there’s still a lot of love among us

And there’s still a lot of faith and warmth and trust
When we keep on keeping on.

Click here to see a booklet with some highlights of your graduation ceremonies.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...