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Commencement

Some Graduates Have a Plan -- For You Others...

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

As the school year comes to a close, the inevitable question arises for graduating students: What am I going to do?

P. Diddy -- Likely Wrong Choice For Howard U. Commencement Address

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

Although not a deal-breaker, Combs' history is still relevant in the sense of the message it sends to those unable to actually hear him May 10. There are more reasons to give pause and maybe even the side-eye to Combs' appearance than to applaud the selection.

Alena Hall

15 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You About Life After College

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 04.22.2014 | College

Filing into the university football stadium, swimming in a sea of graduation gowns and struggling to keep swinging tassels out of their eyes, soon-to-...

Congrats, Graduates: Now Go Out There and Redefine Success

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.17.2014 | College
Arianna Huffington

We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.

This Brilliant, Uncompromising Graduation Speech Only Gets Better With Time

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.16.2014 | College

David Foster Wallace, widely considered one of the most brilliant writers of his generation, wrote prolifically about an incredibly wide spectrum of h...

Steve Jobs's Most Important Gift To Millennials Wasn't The iPhone

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.14.2014 | College

Nine years and 19 million YouTube views later, Steve Jobs's commencement address to Stanford University's graduating class of 2005 has achieved iconic...

Crash the Gate: What the Class of 2014 Needs to Know About the New Route to Success

Marian Salzman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

Personal networks will replace corporate hierarchies and recruiters, so invest in friends and fans. Treat your relationships as long-term investments .

College Grads: You're Better Off Than You Think

Roberto Angulo | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Roberto Angulo

You are graduating at a good time. The economy is gradually improving and no one is expecting much from you. If buying a house or a car is what you really want, you'll have plenty of time to do this later. Take advantage of this freedom to try new things and explore various careers.

Graduation at Sing Sing State Prison

Peter J. Paris | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion
Peter J. Paris

Every commencement ceremony is a congratulatory event that marks the end of an educational process en route to some particular career. But there is one graduation that is different from all others. It takes place annually at the Sing Sing maximum security prison in Ossining, New York.

Choose, Lose and Jews: A Commencement Address

Stuart Dow | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Stuart Dow

As you forge your unique paths, Consciously Choose, Dare to Lose, and Strive to be Jews who accept the empowering burden of working not only to shape their own lives, but of improving those of the people around you.

Now What? A Guide for Recent Graduates (and Other Seeking Souls)

Roadtrip Nation | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Roadtrip Nation

A diploma comes wrapped in a jumble of expectations and pressures. There's a feeling that you -- an early 20-something whose most "adult" possessions include a George Foreman Grill and a button-down shirt you've had since high school -- should have it all mapped out. But no need to panic.

Words of Wisdom From a Community College Commencement

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory and often emotional events. I would put forth that community college commencements are particularly moving. Why? For many of our students, the community college was the second chance -- or perhaps the only chance -- at higher education.

The (High School) Graduate

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

What do the criers feel that I don't? Maybe a greater awareness of the passage of time. Loss -- of their own time, and of their children's. A premonition about the void that will take place in a few months, when their offspring will leave their original home and make a new one someplace else.

Graduates! Leap Into Your Passion and Purpose -- Profits Will Come!

Kathy Andersen | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Kathy Andersen

With each option that comes to you, a vibration will emerge from within you. That is your true self bursting into life, and it is your best compass to feel whether the opportunity is right for you, beyond any rational analysis.

The Best Commencement Speeches 2013

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.04.2013 | College

There's something about May, more than other months of the year, that makes people want to share advice and try to inspire each other. May also happen...

College President Won't Address Catholic Grads After Controversy

AP | KANTELE FRANKO and JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 08.03.2013 | College

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The president of Ohio State University withdrew Monday as commencement speaker for a Catholic high school after being reprimand...

Be Flexible. Be Resilient.

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 08.01.2013 | College
Valerie Jarrett

If you are willing to be flexible, you will find your true passion. So don't restrict your options, and limit your potential, with arbitrary, self-imposed deadlines. But be ready to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and to be resilient.

The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own

Larry Brilliant, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Larry Brilliant, M.D.

The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.

Commencement Season

Domonique Foxworth | Posted 07.30.2013 | Sports
Domonique Foxworth

Remember that you are empowered to make all your own decisions. Never cede that freedom or control of your own life. Be smart, be disciplined and keep the big picture in mind as you journey out into the real world.

The Circumstances Behind the Pomp -- Reflections From a Dean in Transition

Jay Halfond | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

I am told that deans retain their titles even after they leave. Like presidents and convicted serial killers, their names are forever preceded by their former roles. But I do need to let go, and found that this May's graduation was surprisingly helpful.

Is It Worth It?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Do our students think that their liberal education proves valuable in regard to their careers and finances in later life? A purely economic indicator seems to show that their answer to that question is Yes.

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

Gillian Frew | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British comedian can add coveted commencement speaker and honorary doctor of fine arts to that list.

The Commencement Roller Coaster

Beverly Low | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Beverly Low

Graduating seniors are once again living in two worlds. Much like their young first-year selves, their attention is divided -- each has one foot in college and one foot leading toward the next big adventure. The next climb.

My Brain Injury Taught Me to Be Brave

Serena Lee | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Serena Lee

In three weeks, I will graduate from UCLA. The greatest advice that I have for incoming and current scholars is simple: be fearless. Face your fears. Don't be afraid. Fear will hold you back. Bravery will push you forward.

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.