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School to First Black Valedictorian: No Speech for You

So Jaisaan Lovett's speech was posted on YouTube

(Newser) - Jaisaan Lovett, it seems, is not a young man to be denied. The first black valedictorian at his New York state high school, Lovett gave his graduation speech last month on YouTube after the school principal apparently refused to let him speak at graduation, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. "... More »

Valedictorian: My Mic Was Cut Due to 'Fear of the Truth'

17-year-old Lulabel Seitz was silenced when she started talking about sexual assault

(Newser) - As valedictorian of California's Petaluma High School, Lulabel Seitz took to the podium at the June 2 graduation to give the commencement speech. But a few minutes in, after speaking on typical topics like good times and facing adversity, the 17-year-old broached a not-so-typical subject: sexual assault. "The... More »

8th-Graders Given Ominous Graduation Gift

Graduates of Pennsylvania school receive bulletproof plates

(Newser) - "I never thought I'd need this." That's what one Pennsylvania middle-schooler told WTXF after receiving an unusual graduation gift Monday. The eighth-grade class of St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford was given ballistic shields that slide into backpacks as protection from bullets, per the New York Times ... More »

Valedictorian Banned From Giving Graduation Speech

So Christian Bales, 18, gave it on the lawn outside

(Newser) - When you're banned from giving a high-school graduation speech, what do you do? Give it anyway. On the lawn. With a bullhorn. That's what 18-year-old Christian Bales did Friday after Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, told him earlier that day he would not be allowed to... More »

School District Yanks Senior From Graduation Due to Prank

Kylan Scheele admits he put high school up for sale on Craigslist but says it was all in good fun

(Newser) - While some of his classmates had more ambitious senior pranks in the works, such as setting live mice loose, Kylan Scheele decided to do something "more laid-back," he tells FOX4 —a joke that has now resulted in him getting yanked from walking in graduation. The 18-year-old Missourian,... More »

Mom Miffed at 'Summa --- Laude' on Graduation Cake

Publix's online system omitted 'cum' because it deemed the word 'profane'

(Newser) - Jacob Koscinski was certainly worthy of a grand graduation cake: The 18-year-old earned a 4.79 GPA in his Christian-based home-school program and is now set to head to North Carolina's Wingate University later this year on a full scholarship. But per WCIV , when partygoers got their first glimpse... More »

University Apologizes to Black Grads for 'Aggressive' Usher

University of Florida students were manhandled off stage

(Newser) - The University of Florida has apologized to black students who were manhandled off the stage by an aggressive usher at a commencement ceremony Saturday. Students say they were grabbed and shoved down the stage when they performed quick celebratory dances, with the usher apparently singling out African-American students, CNN reports.... More »

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 »

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