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Slumming It With a Stanford MBA: Paying Off Six-Figure Student Loan Debt

Michael Ruderman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Money
Michael Ruderman

Graduation day itself was a sunny day, but my future didn't look as bright as it did uncertain, if not ominous. I was graduating without a job, with no savings and with six-figure debt.

On Honesty and Beer and Things I Wish I Heard at Graduation

Christine Deakers | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Christine Deakers

Two years ago, I wish someone had told me that you have full and equal stake in this world because you're creating it by living in it. And you can determine what you want by simply doing something about it.

Texas Seniors Might Not Walk In Graduation Because They Can't Afford The $40 Cap And Gown

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact

For many students in the Texas Coastal Bend, they’ll be the first in their families to earn a high school diploma. But they may not get the chance t...

Tough Enough to Make a Difference

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

It's May and commencement time! Last weekend, Wheelock College and hundreds of other institutions across the country celebrated the proud tradition o...

4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 07.20.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

As new graduates climb down from the ivory tower (diploma in hand), many will be facing "real world" transactions for the first time, and they are at risk. Identity-related crimes, bad deals and credit score pitfalls pockmark the road ahead.

5 Graduation Gifts to Avoid This Year (and Forever)

Katie Hoffman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Katie Hoffman

The phrase, "It's the thought that counts," is great for birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries, but when it comes to graduation, it's the dollars and Annual Percentage Yield that counts.

My Advice to the Graduates (Sorry, Kurt Vonnegut)

Ian Lendler | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Ian Lendler

Dance, when no one is looking. Then, if no one was looking, videotape it, upload it onto YouTube, use the ensuing traffic to establish a platform from which you can leverage yourself into a six-figure deal for a reality show based on your dancing at which no one was looking.

How Lily Allen Made Me Brave

Jessica Pan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Jessica Pan

After discussing feminism, fame, her body image and her infamous music video, the interview is nearly over and I have one final question to ask her. One question that I personally need to know the answer to.

Love Makes Space: A Message for Today's College Graduates

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Each year at this time, when I'm called upon to send 600 graduating seniors out into the world, I'm struck by how differently the educators, the graduates, and their families perceive the moment.

Preparing Yourself for Your Child's Graduation

Dennis Trittin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Dennis Trittin

While each graduation is different -- both for teen and parent -- there are several confidence-building strategies that help position you for a successful launch.

At Commencement, Focus Is on the Graduate -- But What Happens to Parents?

Judith Hannan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Judith Hannan

After mothering with such intensity, I had to ask, "What do I do now?" Like Harold with his purple crayon in the children's book, I knew I would have to write myself into a new place.

How I Earned A College Degree -- Before Getting My High School Diploma

Madonna Matta | Posted 07.16.2014 | Teen
Madonna Matta

In recent news, we've all heard about the young girl who graduated college a week before high school, and oddly enough, I have a similar story.

7 Timeless Money Tips for Graduates

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Futures that will include their diligent and disciplined use of money. So it makes it critical that I share some personal finance tips with graduates and their families.

Something Unpredictable: 19 Graduation Songs That Aren't Green Day

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 05.15.2014 | Entertainment

Picture this: you're four Natty lights deep, hanging in your off-campus apartment and reminiscing with roommates about that thing that happened freshm...

Filling in the "Gaps" of a College Education

Kara McFadden | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Kara McFadden

The term "gap year" can have a negative connotation because it makes us think of inserting a gap in our lives, delaying, and possibly even derailing, our future plans in the process. But this thinking is dated and backward.

The 3 Things Every College Graduate Should Know

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As many people exchange their well-worn student IDs for brand new alumni discount cards, they are being bombarded with information -- from credit card offers, to (hopefully) job offers, to advice from authority figures -- irrespective of their actual authority or right to dispense worldly wisdom.

The Bold and the Cautious: A Debate on Moving Abroad

Rachel Kapelke-Dale | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Jess went to Beijing without knowing a word of Mandarin, winging it all the way, while Rachel planned and plotted for months before hopping on her carefully-chosen Air France flight to Paris. We're both adamant that our own methods are the best way to approach life and moving abroad.

Commencement: The Beginning or the End?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

You are all about to go into the world to make a difference. The world needs intelligent, energetic, Christian leaders that are willing to work to make a positive difference in this world.

Lemons as Gifts, Viruses for Good, Failure for Success and College Graduation: A Well-Intended Tale

Sydney Small | Posted 07.13.2014 | Science
Sydney Small

Despite the fact that viruses can cause humans much pain and suffering, very smart people have determined that they can be remarkable tools for beneficial uses.

Have You Been Asked to Give a Commencement Address? This Cheat Sheet Will Help You Nail It!

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Christina Pesoli

So, you've been asked to give a commencement address. Congratulations! That's quite an honor. But whatever you do, don't let it go to your head.

The Silly Season: The Fuss Over Graduation Speakers

Derek Shearer | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Derek Shearer

The thing is: It just doesn't matter, because the students who might be corrupted by these dangerous voices don't listen anyway. I know. I've been there as a graduation speaker and as a recruiter of graduation speakers.

14 Completely Inaccurate Things Parents Believe When Their Kids Graduate College

Pixable | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Pixable

Parents should really know better. Most of them have been there themselves. But as graduation season is once again upon us, we're reminded that parents can still be living in their own fantasy when it comes to what happens next.

High School Student Graduates Beside Her Terminally Ill Mom In Heartbreaking Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.12.2014 | Teen

Darlene Sugg, who had been battling cancer for four years, was determined to see her daughter, Megan, graduate. But as her condition worsened and beca...

38 Ideas For Graduation Gifts That Count

Grown And Flown | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

This year, our families are celebrating three graduations in all. Yet, we were stumped for ideas of gifts and reached out to our band of experienced moms for some wonderful suggestions.

Dear University Leadership

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

My topic, while challenging conventional norms will, I hope, still meet your approval and, importantly offer some wisdom to the graduates.