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Valedictorian's Speech Cut Off by Administrators

18-year-old was criticizing 'authoritarian attitude' of school faculty

(Newser) - When Peter Butera got up to begin his valedictorian speech at his high school graduation ceremony in Exeter, Pa., on Friday, he probably never dreamed he'd be finishing it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! four days later. But on Tuesday night the 18-year-old class president appeared via Skype on the... More »

What Clinton Called a 'Con' in Commencement Speech

The new Trump budget, Hillary said at alma mater Wellesley

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years ago this month, a young Hillary Rodham delivered Wellesley College's student commencement speech . On Friday, Hillary Rodham (now with a "Clinton" tagged onto the end) addressed graduating students there for the third time—she also spoke at commencement in 1992, when she was first lady,... More »

High School Senior Will Return in Fall as Teacher

Raven Osborne will receive a college degree 2 weeks before high school diploma

(Newser) - A full two weeks before graduating from high school, 18-year-old Raven Osborne will be getting another diploma… from college. According to CBS News , Osborne will graduate Friday from Purdue University Northwest, then graduate high school in Gary, Ind., on May 22. On-campus college courses are a graduation requirement at Osborne’... More »

Teen in Coma for Graduation Gets Touching Ceremony

Scott Dunn was left 'speechless'

(Newser) - "I remember losing control of the vehicle, counter steering, and then nothing," Scott Dunn tells WHTM of the accident that left him in a medically induced coma for six days last month. When he awoke in a hospital, among the first words out of his mouth were, "... More »

Student With Leukemia Denied Cap, Gown

Arizona student Stephen Dwyer had to watch ceremony from the bleachers

(Newser) - An Arizona high school student who spent his junior year battling leukemia did his best to make up the credits in his senior year and was elected student body president—but he still had to sit in the bleachers as the rest of his class graduated Thursday night. Stephen Dwyer,... More »

Harvard-Bound Valedictorian: I Was Banned From Graduation

Devan Solanki says guidance counselor thought he threatened her

(Newser) - Devan Solanki planned to give the valedictorian address to his graduating class at New Jersey's Lodi High School before entering the halls of Harvard this fall. But the top student with a 4.3 GPA isn't allowed to speak, reports NJ.com . In fact, he can't attend... More »

Graduation Morphs Into a Taylor Swift Flash Mob

NH valedictorian Colin Yost leads surprise senior jam to 'Shake It Off'

(Newser) - Parents who thought they were going to have to sit through a boring graduation in a stuffy gym got anything but at Portsmouth High School on Friday. Colin Yost, the valedictorian for the New Hampshire school's senior class, decided he wanted to shake things up—and off—during his... More »

Charges Dropped for Family Who Cheered at Graduation

Senatobia superintendent backtracks, relatives still upset

(Newser) - A Mississippi superintendent has had a change of heart after filing charges against family members who cheered at a high school graduation in Senatobia in May. Jay Foster, who had told attendees to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony, dropped the charges of disturbing the peace yesterday,... More »

Relatives Face Arrest for Graduation Cheers

They violated 'peace and dignity' at Miss. ceremony

(Newser) - Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster is apparently not a man who will tolerate being disobeyed—by anybody. Relatives attending a high school graduation ceremony in Senatobia, Miss., last month were ordered not to cheer until the end, and when four people cheered early, Foster didn't just kick... More »

Graduation Guest: Cop Who Told Teen Parents Were Dead

'I've got your back,' Texas officer said to teen

(Newser) - Telling 18-year-old Kazzie Portie his parents had been killed by an alleged drunk driver was one of the toughest things Eric Ellison has had to do in his 21 years as a police officer—but he definitely had a heart big enough for the job. The Orange, Texas, officer tells... More »

Autistic Teen's Grad Speech Wows

Dillan Barmache uses a tablet to speak to his peers

(Newser) - Another one to add to the list of this year's memorable graduation stories : A nonverbal autistic teen got a standing ovation yesterday when he addressed his fellow graduates, reports KABC-TV . "Living without a voice creates almost no way to be heard, but there are people who refuse to... More »

Man Who Saved Newborn Gets Reunion at Graduation

It's a 'speechless' surprise for the teenager

(Newser) - One of the better graduation-day stories of the season: A man who played a hunch and rescued an abandoned baby in frigid temperatures got to see her again for the first time at her high school graduation, reports WFIE . The couple who adopted Skyler James managed to track down Charlie... More »

Periodic Table Quote Gets Student Suspended

But school will let her speak at graduation after all after yearbook brouhaha

(Newser) - It seems school administrators in Clayton County, Georgia, should take another chemistry class: Yearbooks had already been distributed at Mundy’s Mill High School by the time they decoded a secret—and somewhat racy—message in the quote selected by the senior class vice president. Paris Gray's quote read,... More »

Woman's Bomb Threat Meant to Trick Parents: Cops

They say she wanted to hide the fact that she wasn't graduating

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman is now in big trouble after calling in two bomb threats to Quinnipiac University. And the reason why Danielle Shea says she did it is equally as bizarre: Police say that, though Shea was inside TD Banks Sports Center with the other graduates, clad in cap and... More »

After Students Protest, First Lady Scraps Grad Speech

She will speak at Topeka event a day earlier instead

(Newser) - High school students in Topeka, Kansas, have decided they would rather have friends and family members at their graduation ceremony than Michelle Obama. The first lady ditched plans to speak at a combined commencement ceremony for five high schools after students protested that security concerns would limit the number of... More »

Gunmen Hit Venezuela Grad Party, Kill 8 'Without Mercy'

'They didn't leave anyone alive'

(Newser) - A college graduation party in Venezuela ended in tragedy after gunmen opened fire, killing eight people. Six of the dead were teenagers, officials say. The attackers "beat (victims) up inside the house and then executed them without mercy ... they didn't leave anyone alive," says a local of... More »

School Refuses to Use Grad's Transgender Name

Issak Wolfe had the ACLU on his side, to no avail

(Newser) - When Issak Wolfe walks in his Pennsylvania high school's graduation ceremony Friday, he won't hear his name read aloud as he accepts his diploma. Instead, he'll hear his legal—female—name, Sierra Stambaugh, the York Dispatch reports. Wolfe is transgender, and Red Lion Area High School has... More »

Native American Teen Fined $1K for Graduation Feather

Chelsey Ramer won't get diploma until she pays

(Newser) - Chelsey Ramer, a member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, wanted to wear an important symbol of her Native American heritage when she graduated from her Alabama high school last month: an eagle feather. But the principal of Escambia Academy denied her request; soon after the school distributed a... More »

Mom Arrested for Cheering at Graduation

Family says others were cheering, too

(Newser) - Shannon Cooper knew cheering was supposedly forbidden at South Florence High School's graduation ceremony, but when the time came, the South Carolina mom couldn't contain herself. "I got up and I said, 'Yay, my baby made it, yes!'" she tells WPDE 15 . "Just... More »

What Commencement Speakers Should Really Say

Alexandra Petri weighs in on sometimes hard-to-hear truths

(Newser) - Wish you could ditch the inspirational commencement speech for something a bit more realistic? So does Alexandra Petri. But she wasn’t satisfied with Charles Wheelan’s recent list in the Wall Street Journal , “10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You,” because she kinda remembered hearing... More »

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