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High School Graduation

I'm 'Officially' An Adult, But That Doesn't Mean I Have It All Figured Out (Yet)

Ashley Castillo | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

On the last day of school, as I said goodbye to everyone, I didn't fully understand that it was the last time I'd be seeing the same people every day, or following a bell schedule and even having a gym class.

This Graduation Speech Will Be Stuck In Your Head All Day

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.01.2014 | Teen

Connecticut high school graduate Gregory Corning is clearly a man of many talents. Not only does the Wethersfield High School salutatorian have academ...

The 7 Words You Should Say Before You Graduate

Rosana Maximo | Posted 06.27.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

It's strange and amazing how a couple of things can shape the future and your path in life. If we look back to what caused us to go to college and what things lead us there, you'd be amazed as well.

Could You Have Handled an 8-5 Schedule When You Were in High School?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past four years, students in the first graduating class of Southland College Prep Charter High School spent five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. preparing for the next phase of their lives.

Class Of 2014, We've Come A Long Way

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 06.26.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Surely, I am excited for a new life in higher education, but I think it is truly important to take a look back and reflect on how far we have all come.

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.

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.

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. ...

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Left For College

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Davis Kho

It's graduation season, and time for inspirational and lofty speeches. But high school grads, I'm here to keep it real and give you more pragmatic advice. Here are the ten practical things I wish I'd known when I was heading off to college.

This Is What Graduation Looks Like According To Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen & Ben Craw | Posted 06.12.2014 | Entertainment

Friends, professors, administrators, parents: Welcome to graduation! We've been through a lot during these past four years, sharing the hallways with ...

Obama Tells High Schoolers It's Time To Straighten Washington Out

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Barack Obama held up a revitalized New England ...

Student With Congenital Disorder Makes Triumphant Walk Across Stage At Graduation

Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa. | Stacey Federoff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Good News

Walking across the stage to receive her diploma at Yough High School's graduation ceremony on Friday meant the world to Ashley Firestone. The 18-year...

High School Students Share 40 Things They Know to Be True

Heidi LoStracco | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
Heidi LoStracco

As a speech-language pathologist, I've recently had the opportunity to spend time with high school students with various levels of speech and language difficulty, and I asked them to "Tell me something that you know is true."

"What's in a Name?"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

On the key issue of why a young person would leave school without a diploma, researchers found that 25 different factors were mentioned over and over again, with abuse, homelessness and time in juvenile detention topping the list.

Notorious B.I.G's Son Graduates From High School

The Huffington post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices

Christopher Wallace Jr., son of singer Faith Evans and rapper Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace, accomplished a feat his late father would be proud ...

I Don't Know What The World Has In Store -- And I'm OK With That

Lani Renaldo | Posted 06.27.2014 | Teen
Lani Renaldo

We've been told that everything counts for the future. Your test scores, your grades, who you meet, what you're involved with -- and yes, it does matter, but I'm gonna ask you to do something: Stop worrying about the future.

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

My son wasn't very old when we realized that one of his greatest talents was to be able to make people feel loved and happy. When that is combined with people who like to see Jack feel loved and happy, magic happens.

Closing Time: Graduating Out into the World

Jennifer Ball | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ball

You have these children, you see, and for a long time all you do is raise them. And then one day, you wake up and realize they're raised. You get those 18 years with them, which at first seems like a freaking eternity but, when you get to the end, seems to be nothing more than a wink in time.

An Open Letter to the Graduating Class of Malibu High 2014

Michel Shane | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Michel Shane

This graduation is bittersweet for me, as Emily's father I have watched many of you grow up to become the fine young men and women you now are. I see you and wonder what she would be like and the adventures she would be on.

A Mom's Illustrated Life Lessons For Her College Freshman

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

To deal with my nagging mind, my heavy heart and the lump in my throat, instead of texting my college freshman every day with bits of advice, I started to draw pictures of things I wanted him to know.

High School Decides To Give Students Diplomas After They Disrupted Ceremony

AP | Posted 05.29.2014 | Teen

NORRIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Administrators at a suburban Chicago high school have had a change of heart after withholding diplomas from an entire class be...

The Secret I Shared with My Fellow Cavaliers

Raquel Regalado | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Raquel Regalado

As I stared at the sea of caps and gowns that lined the Bank United Center, I wondered what I could share with these my Cavaliers on a day so filled with emotion and expectation. "Graduates, if I could have your attention," I said.

A Special Message to the Graduates: Now Is the Time!

Ash Cash | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
Ash Cash

Greetings and Salutations my fellow graduates! Welcome to the absolute first day of the rest of our lives! Today is the day that we continue to make our dreams come true!

Seniors, Here's My Final Assignment For You

Kiley Roache | Posted 05.27.2014 | Teen
Kiley Roache

We often hold the negative moments in our hearts, a criticism of our hair, a bad grade, a fight. We can't let them go; it's an annoying part of human nature. But it's the moments of compassion and hope we should hold on to.

Two Pieces OF 'Harry Potter' Advice I Want My Classmates to Know

Jackson Barnett | Posted 05.23.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

Almost instantaneously, I made a connection with my doppelgänger, and he earned a permanent place in my life -- not just as a piece of literature, but as a friend.