Latest Graduation News

Nebraska's average composite ACT score drops slightly

Oct. 17, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska's average composite ACT score dropped for the 2019 graduating class but is among the highest of the 15 states that test almost all students. The Nebraska Education Department said in a news release Wednesday that the 2019 figure was 20, down a tenth of a point...

NCAA: College athletes graduating at record high rate

Oct. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Graduation rates among college athletes continue to hit record highs. The NCAA's most recent statistics, released Wednesday, show 89% of all athletes who enrolled in college in 2012 earned degrees, an increase of 1 percentage point over last year's all-time high. That's nearly 10...

Sen. Sherrod Brown to deliver Ohio State University address

Oct. 13, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is set to deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University. The school announced Tuesday that Brown will speak to 3,600 students graduating this December at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The three-term Democratic Ohio senator is an alumus of...

Indiana college ends 187-year sheepskin diploma tradition

Oct. 11, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A private liberal arts college in western Indiana is ending its 187-year-old tradition of printing diplomas on sheepskin, citing increasing prices for the material and deteriorating quality. The announcement by Wabash College in Crawfordsville leaves only Virginia Military...

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men

Oct. 11, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Charles King remembers in his third year teaching a parent called him aside and told him to be more authentic, to let some of his roots show because the black students in that urban Houston school needed to know he was one of them. The encounter changed the way that King, now 39 and...

Rhode Island free college tuition program paying dividends

Oct. 9, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Supporters of a free tuition program at the Community College of Rhode Island say graduation rates have improved, but there is room to do better. The two-year graduation rate at the college hit 19% this year, more than tripling its historical average of 6% and putting it above the...

Virginia capital's state-low graduation rate drops again

Oct. 9, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New data show the capital of Virginia's already state-low high school graduation rate has fallen again. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, citing data from the Virginia Department of Education, reports just 7 in 10 city seniors finished high school on time last school year. The year prior, 3...

Class of '59 shares special bond as last grads of NC school

Oct. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ROCKWELL, N.C. (AP) — As a teenager attending Rockwell High School, Ann Brown Miller drove a school bus, her route taking her along Old Beatty Ford Road and around the Gold Hill area. She thought the pay was good — $25 a month. And she knew how to discipline the kids, some who might even be her age...

University wins $1.67M grant for nurse practitioner program

Sep. 28, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha has received a four-year, $1.67 million federal grant to launch a residency program for recently graduated nurse practitioners in rural and underserved areas. The university says in a news release that residency...

Education officials seek feedback on new requirements

Sep. 27, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky education officials are seeking feedback on the state's new reading and math competency requirements for high school graduation. A statement from the Education Department says Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis and staff are holding four town hall forums, an online forum and...