Commencement is May 12!

To a great group of students as Spring Semester finishes up over the next two weeks – congratulations and best wishes to Waubonsee’s Class of ’18 graduates, and we look forward to seeing continuing and new  students in Summer or Fall!

Here is a poem for graduates, “Into My Own” by Robert Frost:


One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.

I should not be withheld but that some day
Into their vastness I should steal away,
Fearless of ever finding open land,
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.

I do not see why I should e’er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew—
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

(From A Boy’s Will, 1913)

Click here for an insightful student analysis of the poem:


Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois! Commemorating the Illinois Bicentennial & Remembering Rev. Billy Graham

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming our 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818, a year that also saw the births of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, civil rights activist Frederick Douglass, and British novelist Emily Bronte.

Alive for almost half the lifetime of the state of Illinois was Rev. Billy Graham, who lived from 1918-2018, and had several ties to Illinois:

A documentary of his life also aired recently, entitled “Billy Graham:  An Extraordinary Journey.”