Latest Graduation News

Angela Merkel named commencement speaker at Harvard

Dec. 7, 2018 9:15 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been chosen to give Harvard University's commencement speech May 30. Harvard officials announced the selection Friday, calling Merkel "one of the world's most influential leaders" since she was elected her country's first female chancellor in...

Kentucky approves new minimum high school graduation rules

Dec. 5, 2018 5:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new minimum high school graduation requirements. The new standards will require students to show basic competency in reading and math and fulfill one of seven "qualifiers" designed to help prepare them for a career or to pursue a degree at...

Kentucky alters plan for new high school graduation rules

Dec. 3, 2018 8:36 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's education commissioner has scaled back proposed new high school graduation requirements after some districts worried they wouldn't have the resources needed for their students to graduate. Wayne Lewis announced the changes Monday, two days before the state Board of...

Study: Graduation rates for bowl-bound teams up slightly

Dec. 3, 2018 2:47 PM EST

The overall graduation rates for athletes on bowl-bound FBS football programs continue to climb, though the disparity in the rates between white and African-American players widened slightly, according to a study released on Monday. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport shows in its report that the...

Teachers, others speak against Kentucky graduation rules

Nov. 29, 2018 4:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Tamara Patterson walked across the stage at her high school graduation, she didn't get a diploma. She got a certificate, a reminder that she did not pass the state's exit exam and would have to try again the next year. "That haunted me for a long time," she said. "Do we want our...

Death becomes her: Women make inroads in funeral industry

Nov. 27, 2018 6:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A training program for the next generation of morticians and undertakers is testament to a change that is slowly remaking the funeral business. Sixty of the 75 students in the program at the State University of New York Canton are women, and those numbers are no fluke. In 2017, nearly 65...

Reserve forward Elijah Burns leaves Notre Dame

Nov. 20, 2018 11:33 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Elijah Burns, one of Notre Dame's three team captains, is leaving the men's basketball program. Coach Mike Brey said Monday that Burns, a 6-9 senior forward and largely a backup, will leave school following his graduation in December. He said the Irish will support Burns, who is...

Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

Nov. 14, 2018 8:02 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend. Three recent graduates of the elite Peking University have been taken away by authorities, the Jasic...

Graduation rates for NCAA athletes reach new high of 88 pct.

Nov. 14, 2018 5:43 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Graduation rates for NCAA athletes have reached a record high of 88 percent, according to data released by college sports' governing body. Graduation Success Rate data released Wednesday by the NCAA showed a 1-percentage point increase from 2017, with similar increases among men's...

APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

Nov. 1, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school's leadership, the agency said Thursday. The investigation will bring a new layer of scrutiny to the...