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Class of Whatever -- Let's Be Honest

Natasha Walizer | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Natasha Walizer

I pride myself in my honesty with my students. I am as honest as I can possibly be with them. I'll give this advice to a few recent graduates before they leave, but it is here for anyone.

4 Ways to Make Money After Graduation

Her Campus | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Her Campus

Let's face it: The job market is tough, and it's hard to find a "big-girl job" after graduation. Even though you filled out application after application, you might still be without a full-time job.

A Tale of Two Graduations

Bill Marriott | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

I recently attended the graduation ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Our grandson, Matthew, was receiving his masters in hotel administration. It was a great thrill to see him walk across the stage and receive his diploma.

Elsa the Snow Queen and the Transformative Power of Self-Love

Jason Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Powers

Elsa taught many valuable life lessons to a squirming assemblage of fifth-grade graduates, but could not have known how clear her message came through to many of the adults in attendance. Get yourself together. Accept who you are, connect to others and love and be true to yourself.

Helping Recent Grads: How Much Financial Support Should You Give?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The "real world" right after graduation may look a little different than you or your son anticipated. But that doesn't mean he should stop trying to get a good job -- or that you can't help him get a handle on real-world finances.

It's Not a Race: A Letter to My Daughter Before College

Vicki Abeles | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

I'm proud of how bravely you've survived the one-size-fits-all pressure cooker that American high school has become. But now that you're preparing to go away to college, I only hope your university experience won't be more of the same.

Service, Sacrifice and Education: Paying Tribute to Military Families

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Good News
Pamme Boutselis

These are just four stories -- and I hear stories every day; stories that magnify the sacrifices that military families regularly face, of the courage and commitment shown, and of the hopes for the future.

What They Didn't Prepare You for After College

Jasmine Crockett | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Jasmine Crockett

Students tend to think while in the classroom they are learning everything they need to know to be successful on their job. I have spoken to so many people who have made the statement that you don't actually learn your field until you're actually working in it.

11 Options for MBA Graduates to Launch Their Careers

Simon Tam | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Simon Tam

As MBA graduates, we have amazing opportunities and choices available, even if we don't realize it. All we have to do is take some of that entrepreneurship and research ability learned in the program and apply it to our own lives as if it were a startup.

9 Realities That Slap You in the Face When You Graduate College

Jen Glantz | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Jen Glantz

Graduating college and entering the real world comes with some realities that'll be waiting there for you, with open arms to hug you hello, as you start your first job. I won't wish you luck -- because it's never luck that you need. It's determination, so I wish you lots of that.

How I Endured The Perfect Storm Of Life Stages

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 06.24.2014 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

I never thought of myself as someone who defined herself by her children. Whose life was so closely intertwined with theirs that I would feel lost once they left home. But apparently I am.

Why Graduates Should Reconsider Their Bank

Richard Barrington | Posted 06.20.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Graduation is a turning point personally, socially and professionally. While those changes may take months or years to fully develop, getting your degree sets you on the beginnings of a new path.

Inspiring Lessons from Seattle Pacific University

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am so grateful to the Seattle Pacific University community for their witness of strength, forgiveness, and deep faith. Yet I am heartbroken that they and so many other children, youths, and adults walk in fear on a daily basis and keep having to worry about experiencing this at all. Why is our nation saturated with guns-- four million in military and law enforcement hands and 310 million in civilian hands? Why are American children and teens 17 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined? Why is our mental health system still so inadequate to respond to the cries of those needing help? When will we all say enough? We can and must do better.

The 8 Most Important Lessons from My First Year Out of College

Nile Cappello | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Nile Cappello

During college, your hobbies are limited to drinking, eating, and maybe a small quotient of attending class. Not to say maintaining a good relationship with Netflix isn't a respectable way to spend your time... just maybe not all of it.

4 Things Every College Graduate Must Know

Daniel Burrus | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Daniel Burrus

Ask yourself, "What is even bigger than what I'm thinking, because that's what I really want to do?" That's how you raise the bar far higher on yourself. If you can't imagine it, you will never achieve it.

Rites and Rituals

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sonya Hamlin

Ends of seasons signal transitions, and the one from the long winter through the questionable spring before the hopeful leap into summer also engender...

6 Vintage Graduation Tips That Still Apply Today

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.18.2014 | Fifty

Remember in "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman's character Benjamin was given just one word of advice upon his graduation? "Plastics." While there...

The Real Pain Of The Empty Nest

Grown And Flown | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

The moment they walked out the door for nursery school, middle school, college or their "real life," I will know them a little less.

Justices Reject Appeal Over Graduations In Church

AP | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a court decision that said public high school graduations in a church adorned with religious s...

What Every Graduate Needs To Know About Real Life

Laura Munson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

I can never remember if the word 'commencement' means beginning or ending. My knee jerk reaction is to think that it means ending, though my writer's mind quickly corrects it.

The Best Unsung Commencement Speech Began With Silence

Maggie Jackson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Maggie Jackson

Slowing doesn't mean slacking off or settling for less, or not "giving it all you've got," he said. Instead, it is the gateway to fully paying attention and so to noticing the details and subtleties of what you're doing.

Graduation Day: The Lie I Plan to Tell

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

My first-born graduates from preschool today. I'm bringing in the bagels and baby carrots. I'll be smiling, hugging, saying, "I'm so proud of you! I'm so happy for you!" I'll bond with the parents over how fast it's gone, how big they are, what a mix of emotions this all is. But in there is my lie.

A CEO's Advice to the Class of 2014

Julie Smolyansky | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business
Julie Smolyansky

Last week, I had the surreal and humbling honor of accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award at my high school alma mater, Niles North in Skokie, IL. ...

A Message to Girls and Graduates Interested in STEM: Don't Give Up!

Kimberly Kiel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Kimberly Kiel

Have you ever glanced at a photograph from years before and had a rush of emotion and memories come flooding into your remembrance? This happened to me when I saw my college graduation photos a few weeks ago.

Nothing Like Feeling Special!

Dianne Harman | Posted 06.12.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

I've concluded that if we can do things to make our children feel special from an early age, not just at age 17 or 18 when they graduate from high school, then we're doing something very positive for the future generation. Things may not have been done that way in the past, but maybe they should have been.