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Hawaii Department of Education cancels large school events

Jan. 14, 2021 9:54 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education will prohibit events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year. The ban announced by the department Tuesday as a precaution against the coronavirus covers events scheduled through June 1, including banquets, May Day...

Syracuse University pushes back commencement 2 weeks

Jan. 9, 2021 4:05 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University will hold its spring commencement two weeks later than originally planned, following a semester already delayed by the pandemic, the school said Saturday. The university announced that commencement will be held May 23, and that school and college convocations also...

Mary Spencer is photographed at her home on Dec. 29, 2020 in Eden, Utah. Spencer was 19 years old when she dropped out of college. Now, over 61 years later, the 80-year-old has earned her bachelor's degree. In a virtual Brigham Young University-Idaho commencement held earlier this month, Spencer was awarded a Bachelor of Science in marriage and family studies. (Emily Anderson/Standard-Examiner via AP)

Eden woman gets college degree 6 decades after dropping out

Jan. 1, 2021 10:54 AM EST

EDEN, Utah (AP) — Mary Spencer was 19 years old when she dropped out of college. Now, over 61 years later, the 80-year-old has earned her bachelor’s degree. In a virtual Brigham Young University-Idaho commencement held earlier this month, Spencer was awarded a Bachelor of Science in marriage and...

A graduate of Texas Woman's University is photographed at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Across Texas and the U.S. this year, high schools and universities scrambled to find ways to give students a meaningful graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The images from those atypical ceremonies provide a poignant reminder of the ways life changed as the coronavirus spread. (Michael Modecki/Texas Woman's University via AP)

A speedway finish among atypical graduations marking 2020

Dec. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — It wasn't the graduation ceremony Lou Ann Hintz had pictured as she worked toward her doctorate, but driving across the finish line at Texas Motor Speedway to mark the achievement turned out to be pretty thrilling. “It is a disappointment not to have the traditional, but this is a cool...

UNC Wilmington hold virtual commencement for Class of 2020

Dec. 12, 2020 6:00 AM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The graduating class of 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is being recognized Saturday in a first-ever virtual commencement made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school said graduates from May, August and December will be recognized in two separate...

UNLV to hold 2020's spring, winter commencements on Tuesday

Dec. 12, 2020 12:29 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Tuesday will hold two virtual commencements on the same day for two different graduating classes. UNLV has scheduled a 10 a.m. commencement for more than 3,000 graduates in the Spring Class of 2020 and a 4 p.m....

Marshall holding first virtual commencements this weekend

Dec. 10, 2020 5:10 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's first virtual commencement ceremonies are this weekend. The ceremonies will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/marshallu. The ceremony for spring 2020 graduates will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Marshall alumna Jennifer Leslie Wells is the keynote speaker....

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to reporters about the legacy of former New York City Mayor David Dinkins during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters in New York. On Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, Tennessee State University announced that Sharpton will be a distinguished guest lecturer at the college the following semester. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Rev. Al Sharpton to lecture at Tennessee State University

Dec. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton will be a distinguished guest lecturer at Tennessee State University next semester, the school announced Monday. The veteran civil rights leader will teach political science grounded in social justice. His appointment will give students at the historically Black...

South Africa says yearend school parties are superspreaders

Dec. 7, 2020 10:46 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has identified yearend school parties as COVID-19 superspreader events and ordered all students who have attended them to immediately go into a 10-day quarantine. Called rage parties, the celebrations to mark graduation from secondary school are private functions held by...