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Erin Darnell, left, digital integration specialist for Anderson School District Five, talks about K3 and K4 study packets with North Pointe Elementary School Principal Jill Gilreath on Monday, March 16, 2020.(Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP)

SC schools to have both in-person and virtual graduations

May. 24, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — High school graduation season is getting ready to start in South Carolina, and a quite a few students will be able to get their diplomas in their caps and gowns together and in person. In recent weeks, a number of districts said enough progress had been made fighting the COVID-19 ...

Graduates flip their tassels near their cars during a drive-thru graduation for Faith Lutheran High School at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. The school held a special drive-thru graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus

May. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Immediately after giving his valedictorian speech, high school senior Philip Root, still clad in his cap and gown, climbed into a borrowed race car and drove up to the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the yellow tassel of his graduation cap flapping in the wind, Root...

In this May 8, 2020 photo, Kim Gaddie, an Associate Senior Fellow at Headington College, takes a selfie photo of herself with a long list of University of Oklahoma graduate names written on the sidewalk outside of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.. Gaddie and several staff members spent hours writing more than 4,000 names of the 2020 graduates who were unable to have their in-person commencement ceremony due to COVID-19. (Courtesy of Kim Gaddie via AP)

Where seniors would have walked to graduate, names in chalk

May. 24, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

As the pandemic upended commencement rituals across campuses, Kim Gaddie wanted to give the University of Oklahoma’s class of 2020 a taste of tradition -- well, kinda. Armed with boxes of chalk, Gaddie, her husband and a few colleagues spent hours writing the names of graduating seniors on the concrete...

In this Sunday, May 17, 2020 photo, Laramie County School District No. 2 superintendent Jon Abrams shows off his Converse Chuck Taylor shoes while giving a speech during the 2020 Pine Bluffs Jr./Sr. High School graduation in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. Twenty-eight seniors sat in the bleachers, while families gathered on the football field to watch the ceremony. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

Wyoming superintendent gives graduates shoes -- and message

May. 24, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Jon Abrams wore a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors for the first time in 50 years last week. At least that’s what he told the combined 74 graduates of Laramie County School District No. 2, where he serves as superintendent over Pine Bluffs and Burns junior/senior high schools....

Woman, 20, among youngest to earn MUW nursing degree

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When Christina Clark graduated from Mississippi University for Women in a virtual commencement ceremony on May 9, she was the youngest person with a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing this year -- and possibly ever -- to do so. The Columbus resident only just turned 20 and...

Virtual commencement ceremony planned for the Class of 2020

May. 23, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state is planning a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an address as part of the celebration for graduating seniors from 668 public and private schools across the state. The event is planned for Tuesday, June 9 and will be broadcast on...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control

Chief justice says pandemic teaches humility, compassion

May. 23, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control" and he counseled the students to make their way with humility, compassion and courage in a world turned upside down....

In this 2017 photo, Carter Broton celebrates in front of a group of fans after scoring a goal for the Owatonna High School boys hockey team at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna, Minn. When attempting to define Carter's path that led him back to his hometown, back to organized hockey, and back to realistic aspirations of continuing his playing career at the next level, words like inspiring, incredible, heartwarming and, yes, painful would all be accurate, but only if used in conjunction.  (Jon Weisbrod/The People's Press via AP)

Inspired by sister, Owatonna's Carter Broton resumes hockey

May. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — As a first-year junior hockey player that laced up skates exactly once in a two-year span directly following his graduation from Owatonna High School in 2017, Carter Broton’s journey to becoming a future college athlete could best be described as unconventional, at least...

Language explaining income tax issue to voters approved

May. 22, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has approved language that explains the pros and cons of adding a graduated rate to the income tax system. The House on Friday adopted a joint resolution that provides for information to go to voters before the Nov. 3 election. It received a 71-45...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper listens during a Cabinet Meeting with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Naval Academy holds its first-ever virtual graduation event

May. 22, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first-ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony, the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday welcomed a new class of officers into the Navy and Marine Corps as the sea services steer through the coronavirus crisis. In remarks recorded earlier in the week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper...