Latest Graduation News

Nursing graduate plans to use her 'worst day' to help others

May. 15, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) — On a fateful day in mid-December 2020, Heather Fitzgerald’s world turned upside down. She was working full time in the emergency room at Augusta Health and going to school full time to become a registered nurse through Blue Ridge Community...

Delaware State University to cancel 730K in student debt

May. 13, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware university has announced plans to cancel more than $700,000 in student debt for recent graduates who struggled financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Delaware State University pledged Wednesday to use funds made available through the...

Univ of South Carolina president quits, says 'trust is lost'

May. 12, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The embattled president of the University of South Carolina resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and a misidentification of the school itself. In a news release, the school...

In-person graduations planned amid New Mexico vaccine push

May. 12, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A year after holding only drive-thru graduations, the school district for New Mexico's second most populous city has scheduled in-person graduation ceremonies at the district's soccer stadium for its six high schools over two days later this month. ...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

May. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Transport bill a big step down the road May 12 Coeur d'Alene Press The 2021 session of the Idaho Legislature might go down as one of the least productive in the...

Board refuses Univ of South Carolina president's resignation

May. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Trustees at the University of South Carolina have refused to accept the resignation of the school's embattled president following a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and misidentification of the school itself. Bob Caslen...

US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge

May. 11, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate, amid an anticipated surge in the country's dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Job market for new grads: Much hiring but much competition

May. 10, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

After a painful year of joblessness, the future has finally brightened for Alycia St. Germain, a 22-year-old college senior at the University of Minnesota. Having lost a part-time gig at Barnes and Noble last March as the viral pandemic tore through the U.S. economy, she...

'Last hurrah': 2020 college grads finally get ceremonies

May. 10, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — After she was picked as commencement speaker for fellow 2020 graduates at Otterbein University, Katie Exline considered focusing her speech on perspective. By the time she finally got to deliver it in front of them this month, they already had some of that. ...

Grant helps Mississippi medical students work in rural areas

May. 09, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say they are seeing an impact from a multimillion dollar grant that aims to get more doctors working in rural areas. In July, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the...