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‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech

A commencement ceremony on Friday at Brigham Young University, the flagship academic institution of the Mormon Church, was an unlikely occasion for this pronouncement: “I stand before my family, friends …


Spreading Eagles’ wings: Three generations graduate from EWU on Saturday

Three generations within Carol Anderson’s family in Spokane plan to walk in graduation ceremonies Saturday for degrees from Eastern Washington University.


Shawn Vestal: At graduation, Freeman Class of 2018 remembers, and looks to the future

The celebration of the graduating Freeman High School Class of 2018 was made all the more poignant Saturday by the weight of what they’d been through together, and how they …


Teen with cerebral palsy stuns mom by walking at graduation

An Ohio teenager who has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.


Florida school honors 4 slain seniors at graduation

The senior class from the Florida high school where 17 people died in February’s gun massacre held graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon, with the focus on honoring four students slain in …


Parkland seniors balance grief, activism as graduation nears

When a gunman killed 17 people at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, senior Chris Grady was slogging through his final few weeks before reporting for duty in …


Students graduate from Texas school where shooting killed 10

More than 300 seniors at a Texas high school have received their diplomas with the memory of a deadly mass shooting on campus still fresh in their minds.


Former foster child overcomes pregnancy loss to graduate

Thompson is among 59 students who graduated Wednesday from Magic Valley High, an alternative school in Twin Falls. She plans to study registered nursing at the College of Southern Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa —- Laude.’

A Publix grocery store in Charleston, S.C., censored “Summa Cum Laude” on a graduation cake after their computer order system flagged it for inappropriate language.


Graduation is a little bit like life on Mars

Mueller, who was the commencement guest speaker Saturday at the UI’s graduation ceremonies in the Kibbie Dome, is the co-founder of SpaceX and a 1985 graduate from UI with a …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Justice, mission and choice: Mercy Corps mission director offers words of advice at Gonzaga commencement

Dwonch, the mission director for Mercy Corps in Palestine, delivered the keynote address for Gonzaga’s 1,070 students at the undergraduate commencement ceremony Sunday morning.


Oregon graduation rate climbs; still below national average

Oregon’s high school graduation rate improved in 2017, largely driven by gains from Latino students.


WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomes inaugural class

More than a dozen Washington State University deans, faculty and guests helped welcome the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s inaugural class at a ceremony Friday, where the 60 doctors-to-be …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, noon

Biology test no longer required for high school diploma

High school students will no longer need to pass a biology test in order to graduate under a measure signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee.


Officers turn out for son of officer slain in 2001

About 100 uniformed officers lined up outside a stadium in Everett to greet the son of a slain police officer as he graduated from high school.


All in the family: A fourth generation of Eastern Eagles graduates

Alyse and Caitlin Carr joined the more than three thousand people who walked across the stage this weekend to accept degrees from Eastern Washington University, but their walk was steeped …


Evergreen faculty speaker: ‘No one should see this graduation as a return to normalcy’

There were plenty of signs that it was a Greener graduation at the Evergreen State College Friday.


After fleeing war and abuse, Sudanese student graduates high school in Spokane and charts a brave course

Five years ago, Achan Akon made a decision. She was going to report her mother to Child Protective Services. It was not something she did lightly.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:06 a.m.

Senate would give high school seniors a break on biology test requirement

Senate votes to remove requirement that high school seniors pass biology assessment test, but its proposal is different than the House bill.


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 9:40 a.m.

Biology test could keep diploma from thousands of Washington high school seniors

Thousands of high school seniors who have failed their biology assessment test may need help from the Legislature to get their diploma.


Evergreen State College moves graduation to Tacoma in wake of threats

Officials say the Evergreen State College in Olympia has moved its venue for graduation in the wake of recent threats directed at the campus.


Graduate not allowed native regalia despite state law

Administrators at a northwestern Montana high school have apologized after a graduate was prevented from wearing a mortarboard decorated with Native American regalia just 42 days after the governor signed …


South Dakota girl with cancer prevented from graduating

A western South Dakota high school won’t allow a student who has brain cancer walk at graduation because she is six credits short of being able to officially graduate.


Bon Jovi surprises grads, guests with commencement show

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bon Jovi entertained graduates and guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s commencement exercises Tuesday by putting on a surprise performance. Fairleigh Dickinson won a nationwide contest to …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

At Gonzaga commencement, speaker Sherman Alexie tells graduates: Remember your promises

Sherman Alexie, a renowned Native American novelist, poet and filmmaker who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, gave the keynote address for this year’s Gonzaga undergraduate commencement ceremony Sunday …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 8:12 p.m.

Graduate, 14, youngest ever at Texas Christian University

A 14-year-old physics major has become the youngest person ever to graduate from Texas Christian University.


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Trump to Liberty U grads: Relish being an ‘outsider’

Delivering his first commencement address, President Donald Trump on Saturday urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but to also be willing to stand up to criticism …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Education Secretary DeVos booed while speaking at historically black university

Drawing shouts of “Liar!” and “Just go,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

‘Black cousin’ remark at University of Idaho commencement sparks criticism

A Boise businesswoman says she meant no offense for the remarks she made during a University of Idaho commencement address at the Boise satellite campus that has since sparked criticism …


Early graduation held in Montana for valedictorian’s sick mother

A small east-central Montana town held an early high school graduation ceremony for one student’s mother, who has pancreatic cancer.