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Why I Need A Good Cry

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

My son will graduate from high school next week. He is moving on: to college, to independence, to a life without me. I am happy for him. And I can honestly say that I am ready.

Looking Inward, Living Outward

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 07.20.2013 | College
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Whether you're on a clearly paved road to your dream job or you're taking the scenic route, my advice for you is the same. Know yourself. Stretch into the unknown. And when you're on the precipice of change, jump! Jump willingly and jump far.

3 Myths About Changing the World

Wendy Kopp | Posted 07.19.2013 | College
Wendy Kopp

When I started Teach For America, I wasn't trying to come up with an idea that would change the world. I was trying to solve a problem much closer to home: I was a senior in college and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life! I'm sure that doesn't sound at all familiar.

Wild And Precious Lives: Godspeed Graduates!

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Thinking of these graduates, I turn to Jeremiah, as I often do: "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."

13 Awkward Graduation Moments

The Huffington Post | Oliver Noble | Posted 05.17.2013 | Comedy

The pressure of a graduation ceremony can be daunting even before you factor in the long, flowy robe that's just begging to make you trip and fall fla...

Wild Is the Wind! A UT Commencement Address

Turk Pipkin | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Turk Pipkin

You made it. Or I should say, you've almost made it. For the past four years, maybe five, the number of ways you could blow it have grown smaller and smaller, and you're now down to just a couple of small steps between you and your diploma. My main advice to you is, don't trip up now.

To the Class of 2013

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I was terrified when I drove up to Massachusetts by myself in a 1996 Honda Accord. I was terrified when I graduated. And I was terrified when I moved in with my partner. But that terror will pass and fade into something more stable, more secure, and more exciting.

Your First Days Home as An Unemployed College Grad

Posted 05.15.2013 | College

This piece comes to us from Follow him on Twitter! Why not? By Andy Moore for Congrats, graduate! You did it! You so...

The Triumph of Progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

Robert Reich | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Robert Reich

Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see the system as inherently corrupt. You doubt real progress is possible. Let me remind you: Cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

The Contrarian Approach to Commencement: Why I'm Giving the Speech

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

Perhaps we should step back and reexamine our criteria for commencement success. I believe forgoing a famous external speaker makes it possible to celebrate the day more fully, because it keeps the focus where it belongs.

Embrace the Ordinary

Roberta Gately | Posted 07.12.2013 | Good News
Roberta Gately

It is the ordinary among us who make the world go round, who live quietly graceful lives, and who, when heroes are needed, step forward to make a difference.

Commencement: A Message From the Class of 2012

Adam Bailey | Posted 07.09.2013 | College
Adam Bailey

The ceremony itself was an abrupt ending to four years of discovery, work, and dedication. Less than four years before, on August 23, 2008, I arrived on the campus of small liberal arts college with my parents, my little sister, and a station wagon packed with Pop Tarts, clothes, and posters.

My Imaginary Commencement Address

Martin Kleinman | Posted 07.08.2013 | College
Martin Kleinman

The era of the lifetime job and the gold watch and guaranteed pension is long gone. As a result, you must be in business for yourself -- Jane or John Smith Inc.

Graduation Day

Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Comedy
Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D.

The president reviews the superlatives of the graduating class. One student patented a way to make shoes out of used tea bags; another was involved in brokering a Kardashian Twitter truce; and, yet another was at work on the unabridged history of the Falkland Islands. It is all so inspiring.

Top 10 Must-Have Apps for Recent College Grads

Mishri Bhatia | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Mishri Bhatia

Here's a list of the best apps to ease the transition from student to young professional. From managing budgets, to finding hot spots in a new city and keeping in touch with friends, there are several apps out there to help make life a bit easier.

Class of 2013: Welcome to the 'New Hustle'

Tom Hayes | Posted 07.06.2013 | College
Tom Hayes

Graduates, the corporate job picture as we knew it is being obliterated -- the center cannot hold -- and the world of work we once relied upon is fracturing into myriad new combinations and permutations.

Leaning in at 21

Carly Keller | Posted 07.06.2013 | College
Carly Keller

To my classmates who continue to make jokes about doing laundry or leaning in, please keep joking! I mean this quite seriously; it is crucial that we keep the conversation going, especially as we throw off our caps in a few short weeks and dive headfirst into the all-too-real 'real world.'

Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

I'm glad the vast majority of my students will be employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation -- that is very important. But mere work or grad school misses the point. We've failed in educating our students well if they seek simply a job.

My Advice to My Graduating Son: I Hope You Fail

David Geller | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
David Geller

Failure is a very powerful force. It's in experiencing failure that we all learn, and if we are resilient and recognize the role failure has in our lives, we ultimately become the person we are meant to be, doing what we are meant to do. Failure is the path to wisdom.

If It Walks Like a Duck...

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

As Texas lawmakers continue to debate measures to roll back graduation requirements for the state's high school students, I am just plain amazed at their willingness to stretch the truth about this education "reform" measure.

Women Who Will: Valerie Jarrett Announced as Wellesley College Commencement Speaker

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

The room bubbled over with sounds of seniors (seniors!) chatting and drinking champagne as we waited for the announcement of the night: the speaker at the 135th commencement exercises at Wellesley College sending forth the class of 2013 into the world.

The Most Important Lesson in College Isn't Taught in the Classroom

Uloop | Posted 06.11.2013 | College

What then happens to our previous thoughts and concepts? It is this very balance of foundational knowledge and new concepts that college students and graduates will wrestle with forever.

Graduation Gifts for the Future Jobless

Dana Holmes | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Dana Holmes

While you want to give them something useful to make sure they're healthy and pursuing their dream, you don't want to offend them by implying that you think they'll never make it. To help unblur the lines between inappropriate and amazing here are some tips!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Michael Benson | Posted 06.04.2013 | College
Michael Benson

Commencement exercises are set to launch on college campuses across America. For those of us fortunate to be involved in higher education, this season marks the pinnacle of the academic year as we celebrate the accomplishments of graduating seniors.

Texas Turns Back the Clock?

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.