A new beginning: Graduation season in DuPage

  • Gabriella Bonilla gives the commencement speech at Addison Trail High School.

      Gabriella Bonilla gives the commencement speech at Addison Trail High School. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Counselor Kimberly Mikesell takes a selfie with graduate Miriam Youhanoun before Willowbrook's graduation in Villa Park.

      Counselor Kimberly Mikesell takes a selfie with graduate Miriam Youhanoun before Willowbrook's graduation in Villa Park. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Montini graduate Samantha Mullins, with the phone, takes a picture of fellow graduates Francesca Kokkines, left, and Kiana Calkins prior to Montini's graduation.

      Montini graduate Samantha Mullins, with the phone, takes a picture of fellow graduates Francesca Kokkines, left, and Kiana Calkins prior to Montini's graduation. Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

  • Caps fly at IC Catholic Prep in Elmhurst.

    Caps fly at IC Catholic Prep in Elmhurst. Courtesy of Stephen DiBrito, IC Catholic Prep

  • Jessica Jalowiec leaves the stage with her diploma from Fenton.

    Jessica Jalowiec leaves the stage with her diploma from Fenton. Courtesy of Kathy Schroeder, Fenton High School

  • Kayla Griesbach flips her shoe to illustrate a point in her speech -- the shoe almost always falls right side up -- at Naperville North.

      Kayla Griesbach flips her shoe to illustrate a point in her speech -- the shoe almost always falls right side up -- at Naperville North. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Garrett James recognizes some audience members at Naperville Central.

      Garrett James recognizes some audience members at Naperville Central. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • York High School grads celebrate in Elmhurst.

      York High School grads celebrate in Elmhurst. Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Posted5/22/2019 10:34 AM

During most times of the year, it seems to us, the demand for mortarboards is somewhat limited.

Truth is, outside of a high school or college graduation, we can't remember the last time we saw someone walking around wearing one of those square hats with a dangling tassel -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

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The good news for the folks who make mortarboards, though, is that the headwear is as much a part of this season as colorful robes and "Pomp and Circumstance" and speeches about going out and changing the world -- as you can see from this collection of graduation photos from some of our area high schools.

And that's good because there's value in tradition and there's value in inspirational speeches and there's value in wearing a funny-looking hat that you can toss in the air once you've snared that diploma.

So, graduates, don that cap and gown proudly and celebrate one last chance to be with all your classmates, because tomorrow we're depending on you to tackle a pretty important job: You know that part about going out and changing the world? We were serious.

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