Bridget Nolan and Seamus Noonan switch the tassels on their mortarboard hats from the right side to the left after officially earning their high school diplomas Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Credit: Richard Cahan

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

The 913 graduating seniors of the Evanston Township High School Class of 2022 celebrated commencement Sunday morning at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The RoundTable is presenting the names of all the graduates in alphabetical order as listed in the commencement program. Congratulations to the newest ETHS alumni and their families.

ETHS senior Samara Wilson at commencement. Credit: ETHS District 202 YouTube

At Sunday morning’s ETHS commencement, Samara Wilson delivered the senior class remarks. Wilson earned the honor of speaking on behalf of the Class of 2022 through a competitive process.

“We were forced to grow up and face the reality of civil and political unrest, global health crises, wars, climate change and the unlearning of harmful narratives passed down from our society,” Wilson said. “The final years of our childhood were challenging, to say the least, but we persevered, and we did it together.”

You can read the full text of her speech here.

Retiring ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. Credit: Heidi Randhava

As he wraps up his final weeks at ETHS,, Eric Witherspoon reflects on 16 years as superintendent in a sit-down interview with the RoundTable.

The ETHS school board picked Witherspoon as superintendent in July 2006. On June 30 he is set to retire as a figure beloved by many and a mainstay in the community.

At ETHS he ushered in significant changes to many of the basic school structures and operations, hoping to create a more equitable learning environment. With the help and support of the board, Witherspoon oversaw the detracking of students in freshman English, history and biology courses, and helped design an earned honors program.

At This Time: Sunday at 12:42 p.m. Gabrielle Henley searches for family and friends after graduating from Evanston Township High School. “This means a lot to me,” she said. “It’s been a rough four years. To be here is a blessing.” About 900 students took part in the school’s 139th commencement at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Henley is off to Texas Southern University to study administration of justice. (Photo by Richard Cahan)


Week in Photos: Did you take pictures at graduation? Dillo Day? Send photos of events and activities around Evanston to news@evanstonroundtable.com, and we’ll share then in our weekly photo roundup Tuesday.


Meet the photographers who picture Evanston for the RoundTable

Richard Cahan

“I’m from the Evanston RoundTable and I’d like to take your picture. That’s what I tell people. It usually works.”

That’s RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan, explaining how he convinces Evanstonians to pause long enough to be featured in At This Time, his unique daily photo essay on the life of our community.

We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made expanding and enhancing the content of the RoundTable over the past two years – especially our photography.

With our Spring Membership Drive in full swing, we thought you’d like to know more about Richard Cahan and colleague Joerg Metzner, two of the photographers who have been bringing you some of the RoundTable’s best images.

As a nonprofit newsroom, the RoundTable depends on the community’s support to bring you the great work of contributors such as Richard and Joerg. If you have not yet become a member of the RoundTable, won’t you join us today?


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Credit: Adina Keeling Credit: Adina Keeling

District 65 Board is expected to receive a formal proposal from its Finance Committee today to award a contract to PFM Asset Management for financial management of more than $44 million in lease certificates that will pay for the new Fifth Ward school.

If approved, the contract would start the next day.

About $40 million of that total would go toward building the school, and the other $4 million would be used for capitalized interest, i.e. the costs associated with borrowing, said Raphael Obafemi, the district’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, at a May 16 presentation to the board’s Personnel, Buildings & Grounds, and Finance Committee. 

William H. Logan

William H. Logan: The chief. This episode of the Evanston Rules podcast features William H. Logan Jr., also known as Bill or Chief Logan. Listen as Chief Logan talks about his family and growing up in Evanston. In 1984 he became the first Black police chief in the city’s history.

Is he the wrong guy for me? Dear Gabby, I’m 25 years old and I’ve recently started dating a new guy, David, and he’s pretty awesome all round. We have SO much in common, and the things we don’t have in common make it interesting. But there’s this one big problem.

Luna Delgado. Credit: Supplied photo Credit: Supplied

Beauty and Wellness Spotlight: Luna Delgado Botanicals. Take a stroll heading west down Greenleaf Street to Florence Avenue, and you’ll discover Luna Delgado Botanicals, a made-in-Evanston apothecary with a cult following. 

Picturing Evanston. Stairs to the Main Street Metra train platform off Custer Avenue and Washington Street. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Northwestern center offers police leadership training, graduates EPD leaders. For decades, the Northwestern Center for Public Safety has trained the next class of law enforcement leaders for police departments in Evanston and across the nation.

Northwestern Prison Education Program establishes bachelor’s program to advance education for the incarcerated. Created in 2018, the program provides incarcerated people an NU education with a full liberal arts curriculum.

Have you received your Illinois Facebook settlement check yet? Here’s what to know. Checks are in the mail for more than a million Illinois Facebook users as part of a seven-year, $650 million class-action lawsuit against the company, according to the suit’s settlement administrator.


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...