Knox College graduated 250 students Saturday and as Colin Davis put it, there were mixed emotions.
“It’s a really bittersweet moment, I mean a couple times you come close to loosing it emotionally during the ceremony because you’re going to miss this place so much, but at the same time you realize that Knox has given you quite a bit over the last four years and it’s really going to service you well for the future and you know you can come back any time.”
Fellow graduate Alison Spataro agrees.
“I’m feeling very sad. It’s been hard saying goodbye to so many people that I’ve grown so close with and this has really been my home for the past four years.” She says though, “Just thinking about it, I know that it’s time to move on. The speakers said you know, you need to take what you’ve learned here and move on and do what you can with it.”
The commencement speaker was Majora Carter, an advocate for sustainability who encouraged graduates to identify problems, perhaps within a community, but also find the solutions at a local level and with all parties involved.
Davis, from Canton, studied political science and hopes to work with the Illinois Senate. Spartaro double majored in French and elementary education and says she has some student teaching to finish but then the job hunt will begin.