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Awaiting Heart Transplant, Fla. Teen Celebrates Graduation from Hospital

Awaiting Heart Transplant, Fla. Teen Celebrates Graduation from HospitalKelly Haberman(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Taylor Haberman may not have gotten to dance at her high school prom or walk down the stage to accept her diploma at graduation, but thanks to the help of an adolescent palliative care organization, she was still ab...

Tornado-Damaged Oklahoma Town Holds High School Graduation Ceremonies

Tornado-Damaged Oklahoma Town Holds High School Graduation CeremoniesiStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) -- Graduation ceremonies were held Saturday for students from three high schools in an Oklahoma community ravaged by a monstrous tornado, marking a bittersweet end to a week that brought fatalities and unfathomable ...

‘Scandal’ Star Kerry Washington Shares Memories From Her College Years

‘Scandal’ Star Kerry Washington Shares Memories From Her College YearsABC/CRAIG SJODIN(WASHINGTON) -- Kerry Washington may have taken television by storm, playing crisis manager Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal, but she joked Sunday that she is still haunted by being cast as a frog in a college musical. "It was not my lifeti...

Michelle Obama Makes Light of President’s Failures in Graduation Speech

Michelle Obama Makes Light of President’s Failures in Graduation SpeechiStockphoto(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Delivering her only speech at a high school graduation this year, first lady Michelle Obama joked about the failures her husband, President Obama, has encountered in life as she told a graduating class of high school se...

Oklahoma Valedictorian Denied Diploma After Using ‘Hell’ in Her Speech

Oklahoma Valedictorian Denied Diploma After Using ‘Hell’ in Her SpeechRyan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PRAGUE, Okla.) -- The father of a recent high school graduate in Oklahoma who has been denied a diploma because she said "hell" in her valedictorian speech has accused her principal of bullying his daughter."She bec...

NY Principal Nixes Performance of "God Bless the USA" at Graduation

NY Principal Nixes Performance of "God Bless the USA" at GraduationComstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A principal in New York City has caused a stir after canceling a performance of Lee Greenwood's patriotic song "God Bless the U.S.A." at a kindergarten graduation. According to the New York Post, the PS 90 principal, Gr...

97-Year-Old High School Dropout Gets Diploma

97-Year-Old High School Dropout Gets DiplomaIn this screenshot provided by Fox8, Ann Colagiovanni, 97, receives an honorary diploma at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio.(SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio) -- A 97-year-old Ohio woman who dropped out of high school during the Depression to help sup...

Abandoned Teen Graduates from Homeless Custodian to Harvard University

Abandoned Teen Graduates from Homeless Custodian to Harvard UniversityStockbyte/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C.) -- After returning from a prestigious academic summer program in Raleigh, N.C., last summer, Dawn Loggins found her parents had left. To complete her high school senior year, she began "couch-surfing" in fri...

Cheering at Graduation Leads to Arrest, Diplomas Being Withheld

Cheering at Graduation Leads to Arrest, Diplomas Being WithheldRyan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cheering on family and friends at graduation ceremonies has become a risky proposition at schools around the country. Administrations have cracked down on celebrations; withholding diplomas from student...

Mother Charged After Cheering at Daughter’s Graduation

Mother Charged After Cheering at Daughter’s GraduationiStockphoto/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, S.C.) -- Police arrested the mother of an 18-year-old student on Saturday during her daughter's graduation ceremony at South Florence High School.Shannon Cooper told ABC news affiliate WDPE-TV she was escorted by police...

Bear Disrupts California School Graduation

Bear Disrupts California School GraduationKim Rodriguez/Kern County Animal Control(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) -- A black bear that disrupted a California school graduation Thursday has been released back into the wild, authorities said.The 200-pound black bear was seen roaming the grounds near Ramon...

Star Student in Immigration Flap Will Be Home for Graduation

Star Student in Immigration Flap Will Be Home for GraduationFrankfort High School(FRANKFORT, Ind.) -- High school senior Elizabeth Olivas is coming home. After getting caught up on an immigration technicality in her native Mexico, the Frankfort Indiana High School homecoming queen will get to walk with her clas...

Chinese Students Leave University in the Dust…Literally

Chinese Students Leave University in the Dust…LiterallyCEN(LIAONING, China) -- As summer starts, Chinese students from Liaoning province are leaving their college … in the dust.It looks like these students in northern China are celebrating the end, literally, of their school as it goes up in smoke. ...

American Student Stuck In Mexico Could Miss Graduation

American Student Stuck In Mexico Could Miss GraduationiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- High school senior Elizabeth Olivas thought she would be enjoying the last days at her Indiana high school with her classmates before graduating on Saturday.Instead, the Frankfort High School homecoming queen is in...

Panetta to Navy Grads: Military Is Evolving in Strategy, Diversity

Panetta to Navy Grads: Military Is Evolving in Strategy, DiversityFile photo. Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a graduating class of naval officers Tuesday that rapidly changing global challenges for the United States meant they would be tasked with lea...

Naval Academy Graduates First Paraplegic Student

Naval Academy Graduates First Paraplegic StudentMark Wilson/Getty Images(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- On Tuesday 1,099 students of the U.S. Naval Academy graduated, after being honored with a keynote speech by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. As at any commencement ceremony, each diploma was received with jubi...

Air Force Academy Graduates First Openly Gay Cadets

Air Force Academy Graduates First Openly Gay CadetsJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Eight months after a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the U.S. Air Force Academy Wednesday graduated its first group of openly gay cadets.As P...

Obama to Graduating Cadets: World Has a ‘New Feeling about America’

Obama to Graduating Cadets: World Has a ‘New Feeling about America’JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Touting his foreign policy record, President Obama on Wednesday told students graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy that they will be entering into a “new era of American leadership” because o...

President Obama Hails Resilience of Joplin, Graduates Year After Tornado

President Obama Hails Resilience of Joplin, Graduates Year After TornadoMANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(JOPLIN, Mo.) -- President Obama returned to Joplin, Mo., Monday night, one year after a monster tornado leveled the town on high school graduation day, to celebrate its remarkable recovery and the first class of graduates si...

Ariz. Girl, 15, to Graduate College, Then High School

Ariz. Girl, 15, to Graduate College, Then High SchooliStockphoto/Thinkstock(COOLIDGE, Ariz.) -- A 15-year-old Arizona girl will don two different caps and gowns in May, but the first won't be at her high school graduation. Kimberly Koerth will graduate Saturday from Central Arizona College in Coolidge, w...
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