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.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Westboro Baptist Church protested outside of the country's only all-male historically black college over the school's new admission policy that accepts transgender...
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah school district has suspended a policy that prohibited schools from memorializing deceased students at graduation ceremonies.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will give the commencement address to Colorado College graduates on Sunday.
The Gazette reports Winfrey had planned to simply attend graduation...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota school districts cannot block students from graduation ceremonies over unpaid lunch debt, Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's commissioner of higher education will speak at spring graduation ceremonies for Delgado Community College in New Orleans.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — It was caps, gowns and snowsuits for students as snow fell during spring graduation ceremonies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on graduation at University of Colorado Boulder (all times local):
Cold and snow didn't stop spring graduation ceremonies at the University of...
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder was holding its spring graduation ceremonies Thursday morning, but the weather was decidedly wintry.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State agencies, cities, the University of Alaska and school districts could not bar individuals from wearing tribal regalia or carrying objects of traditional cultural...
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to deliver the keynote address later this month during graduation ceremonies at the Coast Guard Academy in...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Autherine Lucy Foster, the first African-American student to attend the University of Alabama, received an honorary doctorate degree Friday from the university where her...
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A civil rights attorney is headlining graduation ceremonies at Mississippi Valley State University.
Victor McTeer is addressing more than 300 graduates of the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Civil rights leader and activist the Rev. Al Sharpton and Georgetown University professor and author Michael Eric Dyson are speaking at graduation ceremonies at Tennessee...
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A sick Tennessee teen fulfilled his dream of graduating from high school just days before he died.
News outlets report 19-year-old Dakota Johnson had attended...
YORK, Neb. (AP) — The York County Problem-Solving Court will hold graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks inside the York County Courthouse.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won't participate in any other graduation...
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be the commencement speaker at New England College's graduation ceremonies in May.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Native American students in Tucson's largest school district can now wear culturally significant attire to their graduation ceremonies.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will be one of four commencement speakers at Southern New Hampshire University's graduation ceremonies in May.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college will exclude specific religious references from prayers said during graduation ceremonies after a civil rights group complained.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will join dozens of scholars who've been focusing on topics ranging from immigration to veterans issues.
Graduation ceremonies are planned Thursday in Little Rock for the 59 Presidential Leadership Scholars. The event at the Clinton Presidential Center is not open to the public but will be streamed live at www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org .
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling a Tennessee school district that a high school graduation should not have begun with prayer.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some Utah high schools have barred students from wearing leis and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state's Pacific Islander community said feels discriminatory.
ARMAGH, Pa. (AP) — Graduation ceremonies postponed at a western Pennsylvania high school due to a security scare are now scheduled Monday evening, but officials say eight students will not be allowed to take part.
State police in Indiana County say 10 seniors at United Junior-Senior High School in East Wheatfield entered a restricted area of the school Friday. Eight of them, including one student wearing a backpack, were seen on surveillance video entering a crawlspace.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Graduation ceremonies at the University of Hartford will include the awarding of more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The school's graduate commencement ceremony is Saturday and its undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday.
About 350 graduate students will receive master's and doctoral degrees. They will hear from alumnus Charles "Chuck" Pagano, the retired executive vice president and chief technology officer at ESPN.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Basketball star A'ja Wilson is getting a statue at South Carolina.
University President Harris Pastides closed graduation ceremonies Saturday by announcing the school plans to build a statue of the national player of the year.
Wilson helped South Carolina win the 2017 NCAA title and left as the school's all-time scoring leader. Wilson received a loud ovation when she walked across the stage for her diploma.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A mother says Northern Arizona University declined her request to honor a deceased student at this month's graduation ceremonies.
Karin Acevedo says her son Nick took his own life in March.
Acevedo says her son was a senior psychology major who had finished the majority of coursework before his death and would have walked with his classmates on May 12.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will deliver the keynote address for Tulane University's Commencement ceremonies next month.
Tulane President Mike Fitts says Ward joined Tulane's faculty as an associate professor of English in 2014 and has become a literary icon by winning the award twice, putting her in the company of writers such as William Faulkner, John Updike and Saul Bellow.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Former Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams will be the commencement speaker for Mississippi State's three graduation ceremonies taking place next month.
Approximately 3,200 students will receive degrees during May 3 and May 4 ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge is questioning how a South Carolina school district is enforcing policies on prayer at school-related events.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts will soon be protected by about 60 new firefighters.
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director David Evans are scheduled Thursday to present certificates of completion to about 20 graduates of the Department of Fire Services' Springfield campus, as well as about 40 men and women graduating from the agency's Stow campus on Friday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in an Ohio school district have voted to reinstate a ban on religious music at graduation ceremonies.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the Columbus Board of Education voted unanimously on the ban Tuesday.
VELVA, N.D. (AP) — A historic building along Main Street in Velva is being demolished this week.
KXMC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ufr2af ) that the 112-year-old Welo Building had housed everything from a barber shop to an opera house. School graduation ceremonies were even held there at one time.
The city has owned the now-abandoned building for some time and paid almost $100,000 to have it demolished. Resident Maryliz Davis says it's bittersweet.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A judge says six players on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy soccer team can participate in weekend graduation ceremonies, but will not receive diplomas.
They are the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General. A Long Island congressman says the investigation involves possible sexual harassment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Allen took advantage of her brief unemployment after getting cut by the New York Liberty at the end of training camp.
She was able to enjoy her final week of college at Notre Dame and partake in graduation ceremonies.
BOSTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.
Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they've elicited both laughter and tears and, in some cases, jeers.