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She Danced Across Stage, Was Denied Her Diploma

Hafsah Abdul-Rahman eventually received it, but she is upset the moment was spoiled in Philadelphia

(Newser) - A high school graduation in Philadelphia is making headlines for the wrong reasons: Hafsah Abdul-Rahman, 18, danced across the stage after her name was called at Philadelphia High School for Girls, and the principal then refused to hand over her diploma because of the display, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The...

2 Killed, 5 Shot After Virginia High School Graduation

Suspect, 19, has been captured

(Newser) - Seven people were shot, two fatally, when gunfire rang out Tuesday outside a downtown theater where a high school graduation ceremony had just ended, causing hundreds of attendees to flee in panic, weep, and clutch their children, authorities and witnesses said. A 19-year-old suspect tried to escape on foot but...

Graduate Honors Dual Heritage Despite Judge's Ruling

Court backed Colorado school district wanting to prohibit sash with Mexican, American flags

(Newser) - Although her school district told her not to, and a judge backed that decision up, a high school graduate wore a sash representing the flags of Mexico and the US to her commencement ceremony over the weekend. "Always stand up for what you believe in," Naomi Peña...

Judge Won't Block Dress Code for Trans Girl's Graduation

ACLU filed suit in Mississippi for 17-year-old who wants to wear a dress to ceremony

(Newser) - A federal judge says he will not block a Mississippi school district from requiring a transgender girl to dress as a boy for high school graduation. US District Judge Taylor McNeel filed his order late Friday after holding a hearing on a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union filed...

This 9-Year-Old Is Now a High School Graduate

Pennsylvania's David Balogun hopes to be an astrophysicist

(Newser) - Like lots of kids, David Balogun took remote classes during the pandemic. Unlike lots of kids, however, David used those online classes at Reach Cyber Charter School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to help him notch a quite impressive achievement: earning a high school diploma before he even hit his teens, reports...

They Got Their Diplomas, Then Rushed to the Fire

6 Long Island teens are lauded for fighting blaze just minutes after high school graduation

(Newser) - Last week was graduation week for many across Long Island, but several seniors from one school district said their final farewells to K-12 in a most unusual, and unexpected, way. Just minutes after the graduation ceremony at Port Jefferson High School had ended last Friday evening, a call came in...

Obama, Kid Who Rubbed His Head in Famous Pic Reunite

Jacob Philadelphia, 5 when Pete Souza snapped photo, is now 18 and about to graduate high school

(Newser) - Not every kid gets a video call from former President Barack Obama when they graduate high school. Jacob Philadelphia isn't just any kid, however. In 2009, Jacob, whose dad then served on the National Security Council, visited the White House as a 5-year-old and met up with Obama in...

Valedictorian's Mic Cut During Speech About LGBTQ Identity

Student rallies and recites speech from memory

(Newser) - Graduating from high school isn’t always easy. Graduating as your class’s valedictorian? Harder. Slogging it out with great grades during a global pandemic? Challenging isn’t a big enough word. Bryce Dershem did it, though. But while he was giving his valedictorian address at Eastern Regional High School...

He Wore a Flag Over Gown, Is Denied Diploma

NC school officials say it's against the rules, but Ever Lopez considers it racism

(Newser) - Another controversy over high school graduation: This one is out of North Carolina, where a senior is being denied his diploma because he draped a Mexican flag over his graduation gown at the ceremony, reports the New York Times . School officials in Asheboro say it has nothing to do with...

Teacher Had Excellent Reason for Going Shoeless at Grad
Senior Barred From His Own
Graduation Gets a Big Save
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Senior Barred From His Own Graduation Gets a Big Save

Teacher gave his shoes to a graduate whose own shoes weren't allowed

(Newser) - A high school senior turned away from his own graduation says a "hero" of a teacher ensured he walked across the stage to receive his diploma—by giving up the shoes on his feet. Daverius Peters of Hahnville High School in Boutte, La., had put on black leather designer...

Senior Wins Free Ride, Gives Away His College Savings

A Missouri teen with an impressive record decided to pay it forward

(Newser) - Joshua Nelson worked hard to get good grades and save money for college. Turns out he only needed the grades, and now he’s giving away the money. Nelson, an 18-year-old high school senior, was one of five out of 288 applicants to win a President’s Scholarship to...

Graduate's Choice: Remove Mask or Miss Ceremony

School says no written messages are allowed at graduation

(Newser) - "Are you still not hearing us," John Holmes asked rhetorically during an interview Sunday. Last week, his son was told he could not take part in the procession at his high school graduation in Pennsylvania unless he took off his Black Lives Matter mask. School officials offered Dean...

Valedictorian's Speech Started With Thanks, Ended With Barbs

Nataly Buhr 'thanked' office staff for 'negligence'

(Newser) - A California high school valedictorian threw a curveball in her commencement speech last week, and school officials aren't thrilled. Nataly Buhr's address last Thursday to the crowd at San Diego's San Ysidro High School started off typical, with Nataly thanking teachers and her parents, per Fox News...

Principal Whose Words Echoed Kutcher's: 'I Made a Mistake'

West Virginia's Kenny DeMoss has been suspended for 5 days, without pay

(Newser) - A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class has been suspended without pay for five days, the AP reports. The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School's Kenny DeMoss was suspended Tuesday at a Wood County Board of Education...

Veterans, 95 and 85, Left in Wartime and Returned for Diplomas

(Newser) - Two veterans who left high school early for the military in wartime joined the Class of 2019 in walking the stage Saturday to receive their diplomas, CNN reports. Joe Perricone, 95, was drafted in 1943 while in high school in Tampa. The Army veteran was honored at Hillsborough High School'...

Boozy Graduation Party Erupts in Gunfire, Tragedy

1 dead, 8 injured amid chaos at Alabama high school graduation party

(Newser) - A boozy Alabama high school graduation party turned tragic early Saturday, with shots fired that left one man dead and eight other people injured, reports WKRG . Authorities say that a fight broke out around 2am between two women at the party that drew hundreds to the old Escambia County Middle...

16-Year-Old Is Graduating From High School. Oh, and Harvard
They Were Told
He Was Gifted.
He'll Be Proving
It This May
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They Were Told He Was Gifted. He'll Be Proving It This May

16-year-old Braxton Moral will be first to graduate from high school and Harvard at same time

(Newser) - Like many kids, Braxton Moral dreams of one day being president. Unlike many kids, the 16-year-old forged an unusual path in his quest to get there. Per Time , Braxton will graduate on May 19 from Ulysses High School in his Kansas hometown, then don a cap and gown on May...

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...

Valedictorian Pulls a Fast One With 'Trump' Quote

Ben Bowling revealed he was really quoting Barack Obama

(Newser) - Perspective is everything in persuasive speaking, which Ben Bowling found out in a flash while giving a speech as valedictorian at his Kentucky high school graduation. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal , the 18-year-old senior at Bell County High School wanted to impart a nugget of wisdom to the crowd Saturday, and...

School District Yanks Senior From Graduation Due to Prank
School District Yanks Senior
From Graduation Due to Prank

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,...

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