EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Andrew Mike prepared to graduate from Willamette High School this spring, his mother decorated his mortarboard with intricate beading and he tied an eagle feather his grandmother gave him onto his cap.
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school principal spent the last several months of the school year crafting personalized notes for each of the 459 graduates and left them on their seats to read before receiving their diplomas.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — High school graduation rates in Minnesota held steady in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the last few months of the school year.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that almost 84% of last year’s seniors graduated in four years.
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school graduate now has his diploma, after a social media uproar over the Mexican flag he wore over his gown.
Ever Lopez, 18, walked out of Asheboro High School on Monday with the diploma in his hands and showed it to a small gathering of people, news outlets reported.
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school senior was denied his diploma because he draped a Mexican flag over his gown in violation of a graduation dress code, school officials said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Special education student graduation rates are falling short of state goals, according to new state data.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have exempted high school graduation ceremonies from COVID-19 restrictions on Michigan crowd sizes, calling it “half-baked and punchless.”
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas high school valedictorian scrapped a speech approved by her school administrators and delivered an abortion rights call in its place.
Paxton Smith, the 2021 valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School, submitted to school officials an address on the effect of the media on young minds.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Just hours earlier, Kennedy Hobbs had walked across the stage at her high school graduation.
She wore a pair of sparkling silver high heels, with her hair straightened under her royal blue cap, video of the ceremony livestreamed on Facebook shows.
ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — The graduating class at Onalaska High School has a unique place in the school district's history.
When the seniors cross the graduation stage at the La Crosse Center Friday, a record number of siblings will be among the class of about 250 students — eight sets of twins and one set of triplets.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County School District has announced that fully vaccinated students and staff are no longer required to wear masks in most situations under new guidelines.
The district said the new policy will go into effect June 1 with the approval of the Southern Nevada Health District.
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Hampton University will give financial assistance to graduates in the classes of 2020 and 2021.
WAVY-TV reports that university President William R.
DENVER (AP) — Before the pandemic, Nasim Martin’s every moment seemed to be accounted for. If the straight-A student wasn’t working on classwork or dual-enrollment college assignments at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, he was running track, playing basketball or squeezing in time with friends.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts businessman and philanthropist handed out more than just sage advice during his commencement address at a local college on Friday — he gave each of the 490 graduating students a $1,000 cash gift.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would exempt high school graduation ceremonies from a state order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of University of Kansas graduates who had their graduation canceled Sunday because of severe weather will have another chance to attend commencement ceremonies.
Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday that graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021 will be held Sunday, May 23, at Memorial Stadium.
ATLANTA (AP) — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.
ATLANTA — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A year after holding only drive-thru graduations, the school district for New Mexico's second most populous city has scheduled in-person graduation ceremonies at the district's soccer stadium for its six high schools over two days later this month.
After a painful year of joblessness, the future has finally brightened for Alycia St. Germain, a 22-year-old college senior at the University of Minnesota.
ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University is set to hold a unique dual commencement ceremony honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021 and they are bringing out some heavy-hitting commencement speakers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System seniors are getting their degrees during virtual ceremonies amid the pandemic.
The University of Southern Maine and Universities of Maine at Augusta, Fort Kent, Machias, Presque Isle and Farmington held virtual celebrations on Saturday to keep students and staff safe.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A split Michigan Legislature voted Wednesday to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state's order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans who control the Senate and House supported the bills that lawmakers could finalize next week, while all but a few Democrats opposed them.
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teen undergoing treatment for cancer in Texas was surprised this week by a busload of classmates and educators who staged a mock graduation ceremony for her on the beach.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said outdoor graduation ceremonies can be safely held in the state this year.
Common sense should guide the events at high schools and colleges, Maine CDC Director Dr.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — College graduations will still look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more Virginia universities are returning to in-person ceremonies.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Raphael Cassimere Jr., an academic and civil rights activist who was the first Black instructor hired at the University of New Orleans, will speak at the university's spring graduation ceremony, the university announced.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — About 1,500 University of Missouri graduates who didn't get the chance to walk across the stage last year because of the pandemic are returning to campus this weekend for a long-delayed celebration.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed two Republican-backed education bills on Thursday, including one that would have required high school students to pass a civics test to graduate and another that would have allowed districts to incorporate gun safety courses into their curriculums.
BOSTON (AP) — This year’s 11th graders won’t be required to take the MCAS test to graduate as the state continues to slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education board voted Tuesday to modify graduation requirements so members of the Class of 2022 won’t be required to take the MCAS test to graduate due to the turmoil created by the pandemic.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — NFL quarterback and N.C. State University alumnus Russell Wilson will return to the school this spring as a commencement speaker for the 2021 graduation ceremonies.
A news release from the university on Monday said Wilson will attend two in-person ceremonies scheduled on May 14 and 15.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — High school proms and graduation ceremonies can take place this spring but should have precautions to reduce the possibility of spreading COVID-19, Connecticut's Department of Public Health said.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There will be high school proms and graduation ceremonies in Rhode Island this spring as more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday.
“We’re making great progress,” the Democratic governor said, noting the state is ranked among the highest in the country for how many residents are fully inoculated.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System regents are set to consider eliminating a pricey student surcharge for accumulating too many credits across most system campuses.
The regents are scheduled to consider rescinding the policy on all system campuses except UW-Madison during a meeting Thursday at UW-Stout.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's newly simplified pandemic restrictions will continue requirements for wearing masks and social distancing in public but will ease rules for large outdoor gatherings such as graduations and festivals, state officials said Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A key figure in the New Orleans civil rights movement will deliver the keynote address during online graduation ceremonies at Tulane University.
Ruby Bridges will speak during the university’s unified commencement event on Saturday, May 22, the university announced in a news release.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has said it will hold limited in-person commencement events in May in addition to its previously planned virtual ceremony for its spring graduates.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is planning a schoolwide virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 on May 3.
More than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to earn degrees.
A look at coronavirus developments around New England:
Officials on Cape Cod are pleading with the state for more help as the vacation destination deals with another surge of COVID-19 cases, including multiple cases of new variants that are considered more contagious.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan will stick to a virtual graduation ceremony but allow graduates to at least watch the event on screens inside the football stadium, officials said.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Commencement exercises will be held in person for University of Louisville students who graduate this semester, as well as 2020 graduates who missed a ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.
HONOLULU (AP) — There was a drop in the number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students who went to college last year after graduating from Hawaii's public schools, which a group of educational leaders attributes to the pandemic.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan Senate on Tuesday again sought to limit state pandemic restrictions, voting to let all family members attend an athlete's sporting event and large families eat at a restaurant table.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga University is planning five in-person commencement ceremonies this year.
The Spokesman-Review reports the outdoor ceremonies are scheduled for May 8-9 at Union Stadium, the Mead School District’s new 4,500-seat venue just north of Spokane.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state advances to Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan on Monday.
All of the state’s 39 counties will be allowed to relax coronavirus restrictions.
Under Phase 3, all indoor spaces — including indoor dining at restaurants, indoor fitness centers, and retail — can increase capacity from 25% to 50%.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana college has announced plans to hold spring graduation ceremonies on May 8 for the class of 2021 — and for the class of 2020.
Centenary College in Shreveport said in a news release that the 2021 class will be recognized at a morning ceremony.
LAS VEGAS — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is changing course and now plans in-person spring graduation ceremonies in May as the coronavirus outbreak slows.
UNLV President Keith Whitfield on Friday announced the change from plans announced in February to hold graduation virtually.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is changing course and now plans in-person spring graduation ceremonies in May as the coronavirus outbreak slows.
UNLV President Keith Whitfield on Friday announced the change from plans announced in February to hold graduation virtually.
UCLA assistant coach Tasha Brown calls her “Little Intern” — and Dominique Darius doesn’t mind.
Darius realizes how much she still has to learn about college basketball when most young women her age are in their final push toward high school graduation.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians age 50 and up will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine beginning Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.
DeSantis said nearly 70% of Florida's senior citizens have been vaccinated and demand is dropping among those currently eligible for shots.