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16YO Earns WSU Degree Online

Not only will 16-year-old Kayla Heard be the youngest Washington State University graduate on record at Saturday’s commencement, but she earned her entire bachelor’s degree without ever visiting campus. “That’s rare,” said Randy Spaulding, Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board’s director of academic affairs, remarking on both details. “I think the fact that she never had to step foot on campus is a little unusual, but we will see more and more of that.” Heard is not typical – she started reading before age 2 and graduated from high school at 10 years old, earned her Associate of Arts degree at 13 and now a bachelor’s. The teen has already passed her law school admissions test and plans to earn a law degree online/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Is Superintendent Luna right? Is this the future?

WSU Graduate Gets Diploma, Proposal

More than 2,400 students received a diploma case and a handshake from President Elson S. Floyd in graduation ceremonies at Washington State University Pullman on Saturday, but graduate Erica Mettler received one thing more—a marriage proposal. The proposal came on the floor of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum during the first of three graduation ceremonies on the Pullman campus. Just after Mettler walked across the graduation stage and was returning to her seat, Devon Schefano, dressed in his U.S. Marine uniform, met her in the center aisle, knelt on one knee, took her hand in his, and asked the eternal question: Will you marry me?Even as the graduation ceremony continued, with more students crossing the stage to the cheers of family and friends, many in the audience took note of the unfolding drama. “Look! He’s proposing!” someone yelled. A moment later a speechless Mettler nodded her assent and Schefano slipped the ring on her finger. As the two embraced, more cheers erupted across the coliseum/WSU News Release. More here.

Question: Did you/he get down on a knee to propose?

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