‘We Should Celebrate’: In-Person Graduations Return to New York

After one of the most eventful school years they’ll ever experience, the class of 2021 celebrated their accomplishments in person and in style.

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Dear Class of 2021: Heed the Lessons of Silicon Valley

Kara Swisher with a lesson for young people on the value of risk-taking and digital responsibility.

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High School Valedictorian Takes Aim at Texas Abortion Law

In a graduation speech, Paxton Smith, 18, of Dallas said the new law, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, was “a war on my body and a war on my rights.”

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14 Excerpts from Commencement Speeches Without the Word C*vid

(And only Dr. Fauci gets to say “p*ndemic,” because he’s Dr. Fauci.)

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At Naval Academy Graduation, Harris to Focus on Strengthening a ‘Fragile’ World

Vice President Kamala Harris, the school’s first female commencement speaker, is expected to use her speech to address some of the Biden administration’s most urgent challenges.

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The Great Unmasking

After Covid, a better life is possible.

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Officials Apologize for Deadly Police Shooting at a Black College in 1970

Two people were killed and a dozen others were wounded when city police and state highway patrol officers opened fire at what is now Jackson State University in Mississippi.

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University of South Carolina President Resigns After Speech Blunders

Robert Caslen, a retired Army lieutenant general, was accused of failing to credit a lengthy passage in a commencement speech he delivered.

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George Saunders on Kindness, Capitalism and the Human Condition

One of America’s greatest living writers explores what it means to be kind in a cruel world.

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Trump’s Tulsa Rally Endangers His Supporters

His made-for-TV rallies can be matters of life and death.

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Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions

The president also appeared to have trouble raising a glass of water to his mouth during a speech at West Point a day before he turned 74, the oldest a president has been in his first term.

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Trump Made Inaccurate Claims About the Military During His West Point Speech

The president made misleading claims about his military budgets, the fight against the Islamic State and wars in the Middle East.

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Latest Crop of West Point Graduates Includes First Observant Sikh Cadet

Anmol Narang said she was inspired to apply to West Point after visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

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Graduating West Point Cadets Isolate for Two Weeks Ahead of Trump Speech

The address comes as the coronavirus spreads — and during a breakdown in relations between the president and the nation’s top military leaders.

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General Milley Apologizes for Trump Photo Op Role

President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.

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Message for Graduates: ‘Be Brave. Be Kind.’

E.L. Doctorow’s warmly personal and urgently hopeful speech to his alma mater, Bronx Science, is as pertinent now as it was nearly a decade ago.

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What Now? Advice for the Class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and other luminaries on how to move forward with conviction and hope.

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Ivanka Trump Blames ‘Cancel Culture’ After College Pulls Her Commencement Speech

Wichita State University Tech rescinded Ms. Trump’s invitation after students and faculty members condemned the Trump administration’s response to protests.

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The Class of 2020 Is Missing Out, and So Are Politicians

It’s a tradition to reach a captive, often bipartisan audience. YouTube isn’t quite the same.

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15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus

More than 1,100 cadets returned to campus ahead of President Trump’s commencement speech in mid-June.

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Graduating Online During the Coronavirus Crisis: ‘’I Can’t Bring Myself to Be Excited’

My Zoom graduation felt like both a creepy, post-apocalyptic exercise and a corny, semi-pointless ritual.

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‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

At a virtual round table discussion, the former vice president said that defending the independent watchdogs “used to be a hobbyhorse for Republican senators.”

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The Commander in Chief’s Following Wanes

Trump started his term with strong support in America’s armed forces. But the respect the president typically gets from the military has cooled.

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Watch Barack Obama’s Commencement Speech

The former president’s words are expected to draw interest at a time when his successor in the Oval Office has received immense scrutiny for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Read Oprah’s Commencement Speech to the 2020 ‘Pandemic Class’

With the usual pomp and circumstance put on hold, Ms. Winfrey and scores of celebrities feted graduates with a virtual celebration on Facebook.

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No Pomp and Circumstance? No Problem

Students, parents and alumni are making graduation a special occasion, even in quarantine.

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A Star-StuddVirtual Graduation: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for in the coming days, and when to tune in.

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Barack Obama to Celebrate Graduating Seniors in at Least 3 Events

“Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020,” the former president said in announcing his commencement schedule.

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Oprah Winfrey to Give Commencement Address on Facebook

Oprah Winfrey will give a virtual commencement address on Facebook in May for college and high school seniors across the United States.

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Trump Commencement Address Summons West Point Cadets Back to Campus

The president’s off-again, on-again speech in June will bring back 1,000 cadets who had scattered across the country to help counter the coronavirus.

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