Posts tagged "graduation"

“Let Devan Speak”: High School Valedictorian Banned From Giving Speech, Suspended

Devan Solanki, valedictorian of Lodi High School, was banned from giving a graduation speech. When he protested, he was suspended, then made to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

By: Jenn Frank / June 22, 2015

Black Family May Get Actual Jail Time For Cheering At Graduation

“What are you in for?” “Armed robbery, you?” “Cheering at my kid’s graduation ceremony.”

By: Robyn Pennacchia / June 3, 2015

High Schoolers Perform Epic Flash Mob At Their Own Graduation

Graduating seniors at Kahuku High School in Hawaii surprised their families at their commencement ceremony with a lengthy musical number, spanning everything from Miley Cyrus to the Jackson 5. Reportedly, the students learned the entire dance in just two days! The routine gets more fun as the video goes on, and ends with students performing a…

By: Claire Hannum / June 2, 2015

Mary Karr Gives Best Commencement Speech Of All Time, Deserves All Of The Awards

“Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other people’s blow dried outsides.”…

By: Claire Hannum / May 19, 2015

Maya Rudolph Did Her Flawless Beyonce Impersonation At Tulane’s Commencement

This is how all commencement speeches should end. …

By: Megan Reynolds / May 18, 2015

13 Not-So-Corny Gifts For Your Favorite College Graduate

Graduation season means gifting your great grand-niece or whomever lots of sparkly framed quotes about dreaming big and “shooting for the moon,” but what about a gift she could actually use? I’m not trying to knock sentimental gifts — they can spark happy tears and make wonderful lifelong keepsakes — but if you’re stumped o…

By: Claire Hannum / May 7, 2015

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Graduated College

Now that your undergraduate days are over, it’s time to step out into the big, bad world of adulthood. Jobs! Money! Real Men Who Don’t Smell Like Stale Beer and Frat Houses! But before you slip on your grown up panties and make them dollars, there are some things you should probably know about navigating…

By: Katie Oldenburg and Sophie Leon / May 27, 2014

What I Would Say If Someone Asked Me To Give A Commencement Address (Which They Won’t)

The other day I saw clickbait on the Internet called something like “10 Things You Find In Every Graduation Speech.” I didn’t click, but the headline stuck in my mind. Graduation is supposed to be a celebration of your hard work, a launch into the adult working world. A graduation speaker is someone chosen to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2014

Recently Fired NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Speaks Of Resilience At Wake Forest Commencement

“It meant more to our father to deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes. Show what you are made of, he would say. Graduating from Wake Forest means all of you have experienced success already. And some of you — and now I’m talking to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

Frisky Rant: Hey Graduates, Please Don’t Try To Be A Special Snowflake At Commencement

Graduation is a big deal. Plenty of people like to see it as the total culmination of a young person’s character and dedication. As the greeting cards say, “You Earned It Champ!” Earning a degree isn’t easy and deserves celebration.

The catch, though, is that celebratory public events like commencement are a prime…

By: Claire Hannum / May 7, 2014

Did You Have A Senior Prank? (Hopefully One Less Illegal Than The Prank In Teaneck)

By now you’ve heard about the 63 students who were arrested at Teaneck High School in New Jersey for a senior prank that veered off-course into straight-up vandalism. Nearly one-fifth of the senior class broke into the school overnight on Wednesday to pee on the floors, smear petroleum jelly on doorknobs, overturn chairs and desks,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

RIP Society: Guy Attempts Backflip At Graduation And Flops On His Face

I have to give some props to recent graduate Robert Jeffrey Blank. Who else is brave enough to attempt a backflip in front of thousands of your peers and closest family members, all in the name of some extra attention? But the ex-Davenport University student didn’t exactly stick his landing — in fact, he fell…

By: Claire Hannum / April 30, 2014

High School Graduation Speaker Urges Girls To “Devote Yourself To Your Families And Children”

A social studies teacher named Peter Heck spoke a high school commencement and instead of encouraging all of the graduates to pursue their wildest ambitions, he really just told the boys to do that. Heck urged the graduating girls to “devote yourself to your families and children. … We need more women as invested…

By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

Lesbian College Student Protests Anti-Gay Senator’s Honorary Degree

Erin Faith Page was chosen to represent students at New England College’s commencement this year. The school also chose Senator Kelly Ayotte as a keynote speaker at the event, offering her an honorary degree. The problem? Erin is an out lesbian who believes that Ayotte’s conservative politics make her a terrible choice for the honor.

By: Julie Gerstein / May 15, 2013

Behold: A Brutally Honest Graduation Announcement For Our Times

Reddit user alyak72 decided to forgo the traditional celebratory tone of most college graduation announcements and take the brutally honest route instead. I’m sure many of today’s college graduates feel the same way, but damn, those tears and the pleading for cash are a little intense. What would you do if you got this card…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 29, 2013

Graduating Girl Finds Ingenious Way To Stick It To Her Math Teacher

Kara Koskowich really wanted to make a statement when she graduated from high school, so rather than donning the traditional white graduation dress, Kara made her own — out of old math homework. [CNN]…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 10, 2012

Amy Poehler And 14 Other Commencement Speakers We Wish We’d Had

Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn’t easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / April 6, 2011

Girl Talk: I Want The Job And The Guy After I Graduate

This month, I turned 22. Young, I know, but for me the birthday served as another float in the parade of reality that my graduation day is marching closer with each passing moment. Instead of the usual array of fun and frivolous gifts wrapped in brightly colored paper, far too many people chose to get…

By: Kelli Bender / March 30, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Students Claim Oklahoma School Won’t Let Them Graduate

Two lesbian students said their Oklahoma high school won’t let them graduate as long as the girls are living together. Melissa McKenzie moved in with her girlfriend Kelsey Hicks and Hicks’ family. But McKenzie claims she was kicked out of school when administrators learned that and told her she could return when she went…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2010

Getting Hired In A Sea Of Unemployment

Employment rates reached 9.4% this month—the highest they’ve been in the past 26 years. Great, so nearly a tenth of the U.S. is unemployed, and I’m graduating college in a semester––yikes! While I’d totally love to embrace “funemployment” come December, I just don’t think my Dad will approve of that. So in the spirit of…

By: Justine Fields / June 7, 2009
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