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High School Graduation Speaker To Students: 'You're Not Special'

Posted 06.07.2012 | Education

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough may try to avoid clichés like the plague, but his unconventional message in his faculty speech...

Being A Mom, Being The Church

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

When I am asked why I go to church, I pause. I go to church for many reasons. Church reminds me of God's on-going activity, God's word to us in countless forms. Church helps me reorder things, reprioritize.

Happy Graduation -- Now Go Out There And Fail!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Here's a short list of successful women who failed famously -- and still, one way or the other, ended up on top.

College Prep

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Even if a bumper sticker with a university logo is already slapped on your SUV, college prep is far from over for parents of upcoming freshman.

In Transit: From College to Cubicle

Jennifer Langione | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

As college students, we spent four years reaping the freedoms of young adulthood without being occupied by financial stress or parental responsibilities. Now we must start paying for rent, food and transportation.

Don't Worry, the Real World Is Fun

Amy Hansen | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Amy Hansen

Don't go clamoring back toward your campus, pounding on doors to take you back in. There are a few ways that the real world trumps the college bubble.

Real World Realization

Aubree Eliza Weaver | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Aubree Eliza Weaver

In the midst of the panic and epiphanies that have plagued my life for over a month now, Marina Keegan's essay was the one thing that put my mind at ease.

How to Be Important After Graduation

Carl Safina | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Carl Safina

Never chase money. You are not the product of four billion years of evolution just so you can own a cluttered garage. Make yourself someone rare and valuable -- then instead of chasing money, you'll find money chasing you

Wisdom From Famous Women's Commencement Speeches

TresSugar | Posted 05.31.2012 | Women

Commencement speeches typically include thoughtful advice - but when famous, intelligent women are standing at the podium, those clever and creative i...

A Letter To The Preschool Class Of 2012

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

When did completing two years of preschool begin meriting a diploma? If anyone deserves to be celebrated, it is the parents who survived the trying preschool years.

Promised Endeavors

Darielle Trotter | Posted 07.30.2012 | Teen
Darielle Trotter

It's been 12 years since I promised my mother I would go to college. No one in my family has a college degree, so it's up to me to be the voice of encouragement and experience for the next generation.

To the Harvard Law Class of 2012 and Overachieving Graduates Everywhere

Ron Davis | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Ron Davis

Hard work can be satisfying and success feels good. But I urge you to pursue a harder goal than the many mountains you will certainly summit. Accomplishments matter, but are nothing without love, morality, family, belonging and intimacy.

Robert De Niro's Hilarious Address To Bates Grads

AP | Posted 07.29.2012 | College

LEWISTON, Maine — As he received an honorary doctorate Sunday, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told Bates College graduates that despite his ...

The 7 Stages of Graduation Grief

Melanie Deziel | Posted 07.28.2012 | College
Melanie Deziel

I slowly started to realize that this wasn't the death of an identity, but an opportunity to create an entirely new one on my own terms. Finally, as this stage promised, things were looking up.

Class of 2012: Get Uncomfortable

Jeff A. Katz | Posted 07.27.2012 | College
Jeff A. Katz

After you walk across the stage and accept your diploma, there is a question you need to keep in mind and an answer for yourself when things get rough (and they will): What great things have come from being comfortable?

The Perfect Gift for the High School Graduate

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors, here are some recommendations on how to spend your summertime. College is about trying new things, so give these a spin, and you'll hit the campus more flexible than Gumby after a yoga class.

Things Are Looking Up: Graduation Gifts for 2012's Surefire Superstars

Katie Campbell | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
Katie Campbell

These grads have money to make and the day to seize, while the rest of us protect our cars from being seized. Here are some gift ideas to keep these lucky grads on the path to success and salaried superstardom.

Commencement Speech Disappoints Wake Forest Class of 2012

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
The Old Gold & Black

On May 21, Wake Forest's distinguished Class of 2012 received their diplomas. Yet, one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of Commencement -- the keynote speech - - was an embarrassment.

One Size After High School Does Not Fit All

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We do our high school students a great disservice by suggesting they should immediately go to a four-year college upon graduation from high school -- or they'll be sentenced to a life of unskilled labor.

Graduation Shakes Deep Roots

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 07.24.2012 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

As our children graduate across the country, my hope is that the planet-saving roots that anchored so many of these college graduates to fertile ground will not be shook to the core by greed, politics and apathy.

24 Graduation Anthems To Celebrate The Big Day! (LISTEN)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.24.2012 | Teen

Graduation season is upon us, but don't think that means you're doomed to listen to "Pomp and Circumstance" on repeat. Everyone from Kanye West to Kat...

Is It True About Commencement Speeches? (A Response to James Franco)

Adam Levin | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Adam Levin

The system by which we fund higher education may be horribly broken, but that in no way means the people who are a product of it should be written off. Graduates should feel empowered to effect these changes. If they don't -- if they're all too cynical and feel there's no use in trying -- then we're in big trouble.

QUIZ: Where'd These Celebrities Graduate From College?

Posted 05.23.2012 | Celebrity

All month long, students across the country are graduating from college, ready to start the next chapter of their lives. In celebration of their hard ...

My Lesson From College: Hard Work and Privilege Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 07.23.2012 | College
Josh A. Goodman

I feel a responsibility to use my privilege to address privilege. This comes through my awareness of privilege and prejudices, and my efforts to critically address my own prejudices and call others out on theirs, too.

The ULTIMATE Grad Gift Guide, Under $30

The Huffington Post | Hannah Orenstein | Posted 05.23.2012 | Teen

After four years of hard work in the library, weekends spent studying and waking up early to catch the bus to school, the grad in your life deserves ...