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St. Paul schools end classes days early to avoid heat

Jun. 09, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul school district has ended classes three days early due to excessive heat enveloping the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that classes were scheduled to end Friday but the district decided to...

North Carolina high school senior in flag flap gets diploma

Jun. 08, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school graduate now has his diploma, after a social media uproar over the Mexican flag he wore over his gown. Ever Lopez, 18, walked out of Asheboro High School on Monday with the diploma in his hands and showed it to a small...

Senior asks that $40K college scholarship be given to others

Jun. 08, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

A high school senior headed to Harvard asked that her school give the $40,000 college scholarship it had awarded her to someone going to a community college instead. At the graduation ceremony at Fitchburg High School on Friday, Verda Tetteh returned to the stage to ask...

Severely injured high school hockey player graduates

Jun. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island teen who suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a hockey game has graduated from his Catholic school in Massachusetts. A.J. Quetta attended the graduation ceremony for Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro on Friday and...

84-year-old man receives high school diploma in Mississippi

Jun. 05, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — An 84-year-old Mississippi man wore a cap and gown and walked across a stage to pick up his high school diploma, generations after bureaucratic mistakes prevented him from receiving it. Jerry Moon joined 94 graduates during commencement May 28...

Biden tells graduates it's 'up to you' to shape the future

Jun. 04, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says members of the graduating class of 2021 are leaving school at an “inflection point” that gives them influence to shape the nation and the world around them like few others. Biden's brief video message...

Whitmer vetoes bill to exempt graduations from crowd limits

Jun. 04, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have exempted high school graduation ceremonies from COVID-19 restrictions on Michigan crowd sizes, calling it “half-baked and punchless.” The veto, which was...

Dallas HS valedictorian delivers abortion rights call

Jun. 02, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas high school valedictorian scrapped a speech approved by her school administrators and delivered an abortion rights call in its place. Paxton Smith, the 2021 valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School, submitted to school officials an address on...

Mississippi teen fatally shot hours after graduation

Jun. 02, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Just hours earlier, Kennedy Hobbs had walked across the stage at her high school graduation. She wore a pair of sparkling silver high heels, with her hair straightened under her royal blue cap, video of the ceremony livestreamed on Facebook shows....

Wilberforce University cancels debt for 2020, 2021 grads

Jun. 02, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

(RNS) — There are usually lots of cheers and applause at university commencements. But 2020 and 2021 graduates of Wilberforce University, a school affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, had an extra reason to celebrate during their ceremony on Saturday...