A Sonnet for Commencement

Now comes the final challenge: strength, rejoice!
Don caps, and gowns, and cords as armory;
Hear now the crowd acclaim you with one voice,
Declaring here your lasting victory!
Step onward! Leave your footsteps’ legacy;
In love, give Alma Mater her “farewell.”
Stride forth on pathways we have yet to see,
Become the tales our lot is to tell!
Let cowardice not make this hour fell,
Nor cloyed nostalgia bitter futures sweet;
But let courageous joy ring like a bell,
As you- alumni!- walk on steady feet:
And know, though your path must go ever on,
As long as we remain, you are not gone.

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