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May 18, 2011
What in the heck is wrong with our city schools? Your almost half page story about Western High School commencement policy ( "Western to review commencement policy" May 17) indicates there are some idiots in charge. Denial of the commencement right only because of post-graduate intentions, i.e., attending a four year college, borders on elitism, snobbery, whatever else one chooses to call it. It is also unconstitutional. If one attends four years and gets a lot of C's in the process but has passed all subjects, he/she is entitled to graduate with a formal commencement like everyone else.
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June 11, 2014
An article in the June 11, 1964, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported an unexpected guest at a graduation ceremony. A three-foot blacksnake nearly broke up the commencement exercises at Catonsville Community College on Sunday, June 7. During one of the speeches, the snake fell from a tree into the lap of Miss Anne Hosmer , creating considerable consternation. Stephen Simon , assistant professor of biology rescued the reptile (Coluber, a constrictor species with teeth and a tree climber)
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 21, 2012
This is the season of generational twaddle. At graduation ceremonies across the country, politicians, authors, actors and businessmen take to the stage to tell young people they are fantastic simply because they are young. This year, the ritual is more pathetic than usual because there's a presidential election in the offing. And because the current occupant of the White House won in 2008 in no small part due to his success with the "youth vote," he is desperate for them to repeat their blunder.
NEWS
June 1, 2014
There has been much tsk-tsking this college graduation season about students protesting their administration-chosen commencement speakers ( "College: where kids become leftists," May 25). The finger-waggers seem to take one of two positions: Either we weren't rude like that in my day or lefty faculty have corrupted the values we parents tried to give our children and have done away with free speech. (Set aside for the moment the question of how effective 18 years of parental influence must have been if it can be wiped out by a couple of hours a week with faculty members over four years.)
NEWS
May 17, 2011
Baltimore school officials were wise to suspend the rule stating that only Western High School students accepted at four-year colleges could participate in this year's graduation ceremonies. Given that some Western students' college application efforts were botched by the school's failure to send transcripts and other materials to admissions offices, they could hardly have done otherwise. But the policy needs to be shelved for good. It is predicated on the one-size-fits-all notion that a four-year college education is the right path for every student.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
This year's Goucher College graduates will likely enjoy one of region's quirkier commencement speeches. The school announced that Ira Glass, host of public radio's "This American Life," will give the graduation keynote on May 18. He'll also be getting an honorary degree from the school. Glass is a Baltimore native. He grew up in Baltimore County and attended Milford Mill High. Goucher also points out that he's the grandson of Frieda Friedlander from Goucher's Class of 1931.
NEWS
May 25, 1991
Salisbury State UniversityTime: 10 a.m.Date: todayGraduates: 770Speaker: Judge Shirley Brannock Jones, retired, U.S. Court of Appeals, 4thDistrictCollege of Notre Dameof MarylandTime: 10:30 a.m.Date: todayGraduates: 365Speaker: Margaret M. Heckler, former secretary of health and human servicesUniversity of Baltimore Schoolof LawTime: 2 p.m.Date: tomorrowGraduates: 281Speaker: J. Joseph Curran Jr., attorney general for MarylandTowson State UniversityTime: 1...
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By Matt Vensel | March 15, 2011
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association before it dissolved on Friday, will deliver Maryland's spring commencement address in College Park on May 19. According to The Diamondback , the university's student newspaper, a committee of about 20 students chose Smith , who went to law school at Virgnia, for "a variety of reasons. " The whole NFLPA thing was probably the primary one. "He is the only executive director of the NFL Players Association to have never played professional football," student Brian Toll, the senior council's commencement speaker chairman, told the newspaper.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama will speak at Bowie State University's commencement on May 17, the White House said Thursday. The school, Maryland's oldest historically black college and one of the oldest in the nation, is celebrating its 148th anniversary. The school is "part of the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities that have been instrumental in educating generations of African Americans," the White House said in its announcement.  Obama will also speak at Eastern Kentucky University and a Tennessee high school, the White House said.  The announcement comes a day after the first lady entered the policy debate over gun control with a deeply personal address on violence to a conference in Chicago.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
President Barack Obama will return to Annapolis to give the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy this year, the first time he has spoken to a graduating class of midshipmen since 2009, the White House said Monday. The address comes at a time of continued transition for the military, as the administration draws down troop levels in Afghanistan in advance of the 2014 exit and the Pentagon is squeezed by government-wide budget reductions. "It will be an honor and privilege to welcome the 44th president of the United States and Commander-in-Chief back to Annapolis," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a statement.  The graduating class, he said, "will look to the president for his leadership and wisdom as they get ready for their first assignments.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
There has been much tsk-tsking this college graduation season about students protesting their administration-chosen commencement speakers ( "It's speech season on campus - and it's notable for ones not given," May 21). The finger-waggers seem to take one of two positions: 1) We weren't rude like that in our day; or 2) Leftist faculty have corrupted the values we tried to give our children and done away with free speech. Set aside for the moment the question of how effective 18 years of parental influence could have been if it can be wiped out by a couple of hours a week with a college faculty member.
NEWS
May 28, 2014
Regarding Susan Reimer 's recent column on rejected commencement speakers, what seems hard to understand is why the school committees that choose commencement speakers seem unable to find anyone on their own campuses who might have a modicum of wisdom to impart to graduates ( "It's speech season on campus - and it's notable for ones not given," May 21). That such committees have to shop beyond their college gates to find inspiration seems to indicate either the committees' lack of imagination and rigor or their campuses' complete lack of a stimulating faculty.
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By Alexander E. Hooke | May 26, 2014
"…You should see that obedient flock who at the mere sign from me will hasten to heap the hot cinders upon the stakes in which we shall burn you for coming to meddle with us. " - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Grand Inquisitor" parable within "The Brothers Karamazov. " Commencement ceremonies are meant for families and friends of the new graduates to celebrate a loved one's move to another stage in life and for the hosting school to celebrate itself and its commitment to education.
NEWS
May 22, 2014
Introduction President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland's flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher excellence and deeper understanding. Thank you, Dr. Loh, for your service, and for inviting me to share this happy moment with all of you today. As I was writing my message for your big day, my young staff warned me of a diabolical new post on Wired.com for such occasions called: Commencement Cliché BINGO   - It arranges no fewer than 24 clichéd graduation phrases on a grid - phrases like   "Be true to yourself.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The two women who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage received honorary degrees during Johns Hopkins University's commencement ceremonies in Baltimore on Thursday. Many in the audience of students, families and alumni cheered loudly for Edith Windsor and her attorney Roberta Kaplan as they accepted the honors in person. Windsor's case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and resulted in a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act being declared unconstitutional.
NEWS
May 21, 2014
Faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School preparing to hear Visa CEO Charles W. Scharf speak at their graduation ceremony on Wednesday should be aware of his company's unsavory partnership with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Credit card giant Visa's affiliate program helps organizations market financial products to their members. Purchases made with the NRA Visa Card, however, also fund "legislative action in support of … Second Amendment rights. " In practice, this means Visa is helping to pay for lobbying against common-sense policies like background checks on gun buyers and for dangerous legislation that would force colleges and universities to allow gun on campus against their will.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If Baltimore native Leland Shelton had bothered to check his email in the hectic day before graduation, he might have avoided a shock during commencement. There he was, one of 500 men in a black cap and gown this week at Morehouse College in Atlanta, soaking up the words of the speaker — President Barack Obama — when the commander in chief called out his name. "Where's Leland?" Obama said, and Shelton's mouth went dry. "I was floored, I was momentarily paralyzed," the 21-year-old said.
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Susan Reimer | May 21, 2014
It is the season for graduations and graduation speeches, most of which dissolve into the sunshine, remembered by no one, but particularly not the happy graduates. That is changing. The season is now memorable for the speeches that are not given, the speakers having been driven off by student activists. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew from her scheduled appearance at Rutgers after students protested her acquiescence to President George W. Bush during the war in Iraq.
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Staff Reports | May 15, 2014
Kurt L. Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who will take over the presidency of University of Baltimore in July, will address graduates and their families at Anne Arundel Community College's 52nd Commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Schmoke has worked in law, education and public service, most recently as general counsel and interim provost at Howard University. On May 14, the University System Maryland Board of Regents announced Schmoke's appointment as president of University of Baltimore, effective July 1. Schmoke earned an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University.
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