High School Outs Teen, Strips Him of Valedictorian Title for Being Gay

If you’ve ever sat through a valedictorian’s speech (in high school or college), you know that while their five minutes is supposed to be spent discussing things like “the future,” the speeches are also generally fairly personal. At Twin Peaks high school in Colorado, however, a teen was barred from speaking at… »6/01/15 6:10pm6/01/15 6:10pm

Mom Wears Dress to Graduation That Got Daughter Sent Home From School

After a North Carolina high school student was sent home in tears on the last day of her senior year for wearing a floral dress that teachers said was a half-inch too short, her mom decided to stand up against the school's arbitrary dress codes by wearing the same outfit to the graduation ceremony days later. »6/16/14 12:40pm6/16/14 12:40pm

High School Senior Fulfills Dying Mother's Wish, Graduates At Bedside

On Thursday, Megan Sugg graduated almost a month early from Glen Burnie High School in Maryland. The occasion, which featured the requisite robes, flowers, and speeches was more subdued than most high school graduations. Megan Sugg was graduating at the bedside of her dying mother. Seeing her daughter graduate was… »5/12/14 9:40am5/12/14 9:40am

Native American Student Wears Feather to Graduation, Is Denied Diploma

High schoolers at graduation tend to do all kinds of things to decorate their mortarboards. The words "Hi Mom" are a classic, "peaked" is less popular, but now a student in Atmore, Alabama is being fined $1000 and denied her diploma after decorating her graduation cap with an eagle feather to celebrate her Native… »6/04/13 11:00am6/04/13 11:00am

Why the Hell Are There So Many High School Valedictorians?

Like cicadas, law school graduates working as bartenders, feral cats prowling the abandoned alleyways of Detroit, and people who say they’ve read Infinite Jest but have only really skimmed the first 50 pages, it would seem our society currently contains far too-many high school valedictorians. Depending on your level… »6/02/13 2:30pm6/02/13 2:30pm

Recent Grads: Here's What You Should Know. Love, A Recent(ish) Grad

I graduated from college four years ago. I know four years probably seems like an infinitesimal blip to many readers (disclaimer #1: self-aware millennial realizes she has far less life experience than you do), but when I remember the anxious stress case I was at 21 — incapable of imagining life as a gainfully… »5/21/13 3:00pm5/21/13 3:00pm

High School Commencement Speech Reminds Students That They Are Not Special, Still Manages to Be Inspiring

Here's a commencement speech by David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at a Massachusetts high school, who took the opportunity to remind his graduating seniors that they are, in fact, not at all special. "Climb the mountain not to plant your flag," he says. "But to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold… »6/12/12 9:00pm6/12/12 9:00pm

Congrats, New Grads! By the Way, You Don't Know Anything

It's the time of year when the internet is deluged with condescending lists of "advice for graduates"—stuff like "experience Paris" and "learn to wear purple until you laugh until you cry until you laugh"—and since all of that shit is just literal barf smeared on a laptop screen, I decided I might as well take a stab… »5/16/12 1:50pm5/16/12 1:50pm

President Obama Encourages Female College Grads to be 'Stylish and Powerful'

Your gay BFF President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at the all-women's Barnard College today. During his speech, he encouraged the Class of 2012 to focus on their own personal improvement rather than the "beauty and fashion" obsessed pop culture that surrounds them, but added an important caveat:… »5/14/12 4:00pm5/14/12 4:00pm