Latest Graduation ceremonies News

Student forced to take off Navajo feathers at graduation

Jun. 28, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most of what Tasheena Savala wore to honor her Navajo heritage was covered by the billowy folds of her graduation gown. Under it, she had on a traditional velvet dress that her grandmother had sewn for her and a turquoise and silver belt of her mom's. On her neck, she layered tribal...

Bush, Clinton celebrate those in their leadership program

Jun. 27, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attended a ceremony in Dallas to recognize those who are graduating from their leadership program this year. The graduation ceremony for the almost 60 people participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program was held late Thursday...

Utah has big increase in homeschool population and resources

Jun. 27, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Homeschooling resources have increased significantly in Utah along with the number students, according to a report. There are multiple organizations, co-ops, supplemental programs, and support groups dedicated to families in which children are educated at home, The Daily Herald reported...

Teachers pull out of graduation ceremonies over dispute

Jun. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Some teachers in a New Jersey school district have decided not to participate in graduation ceremonies because of ongoing disputes with the administration. The Wayne Education Association tells NJ Advance Media it will not comment on specifics. Union president Eda Ferrante says the...

Viktor Hovland tops Jack Nicklaus' amateur record at US Open

Jun. 16, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Viktor Hovland ended his amateur career in style. Hovland shot a 4-under 67 in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on Sunday to finish the weekend at 4-under 280, breaking Jack Nicklaus' record by two strokes for the lowest score ever for an amateur at the U.S....

The Latest: Patrick Reed advances to weekend without wedge

Jun. 14, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the second round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Patrick Reed survived to play the weekend at the U.S. Open, but his wedge didn't. The former Masters champion broke the wedge in half over his knee after flubbing a chip on the 18th...

Top students draw attention for criticism of Detroit school

Jun. 10, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Two top students at a Detroit charter school are drawing attention for using their graduation ceremony speeches to criticize the school. The Detroit Free Press reports Zainab Altalaqani and Tuhfa Kasem were both named salutatorian at Universal Academy and they accused the school of using too...

Former Badgers quarterback entertains graduates with magic

Jun. 8, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Ten newly minted graduates clustered around a table in a hallway on a recent Thursday night at Memorial High School. It was relatively quiet, as all-night graduation parties go, and all eyes were focused intently on an engaging gentleman with a broad smile and a deck of cards in his...

Actress Jenny Slate to address island graduating class of 1

Jun. 4, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass. (AP) — The single graduating student on a tiny Massachusetts island is nonetheless receiving the star treatment. Actress and comedian Jenny Slate will speak at this month's graduation ceremony for Cuttyhunk Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse on the island that has a...

Atomic bomb survivor delivers message of peace to COA grads

Jun. 1, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — An atomic bomb survivor is delivering the commencement address at the College of the Atlantic in Maine. Koko Tanimoto Kondo is a peace activist who was 8 months old when the first atomic bomb detonated near her home in Hiroshima. She and her mother were buried under rubble. At age...