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June 22, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
A New York man is facing charges in the Cape Cod crash that killed his girlfriend, Marina Keegan, a budding writer whose final words on friendship and the opportunity of youth gained national attention. Michael Gocksch, 22, of Centerport, N.Y., has been summoned in Massachusetts for a hearing on charges that include motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, the Associated Press reported. The Massachusetts State Police did not return requests for comment. Keegan, 22, died in a rollover on Route 6, the highway that follows the curve of Cape Cod, as Gocksch drove her to her father's birthday dinner.
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
April 1, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Michael D. Lieberman decided to enroll at Southwestern Law School after reading that 97% of its graduates were employed within nine months. He graduated in 2009, passed the bar on his first try but could not find a job as a lawyer. He worked for a while as a software tester, then a technical writer, and now serves as a field representative for an elected official. Lieberman, who earned his undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, is one of dozens of law graduates across the country who have joined class-action lawsuits, alleging that law schools lured them in with misleading reports of their graduates' success.
March 30, 2014 | By Emily Koss
"Emily, would you please put a bowl of water on the floor so I can drink like a dog?" It was a sweet and funny request, and I was happy to do it. But it was also a reminder, once again, that I work for a 4-year-old. You've probably heard about the vast array of problems facing my generation as we graduate and attempt to enter the job market. As a 24-year-old recent college grad, I can tell you that what you've been hearing is true. I graduated last May with unpaid internships waiting for me in Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua.
June 6, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Neil Gaiman has a message for graduates: “Make Good Art.” That's the point of his stirring 2012 commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, widely disseminated across the Internet, which is like David Foster Wallace's “This is Water” for a different generation, a call for self-expression and the courage to invent your own life. These, of course, are classic tropes to share at a graduation; I think of the 2005 Stanford University commencement at which Steve Jobs warned , “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.” And yet, Gaiman's speech is inspiring not because it offers any cautions, but rather because it eschews the whole idea of caution, suggesting instead that it's in our best interest to break - or even better, to ignore - the rules.
June 11, 2010
Many high school and college graduates get an "A" for social consciousness, having opted to wear "green" caps and gowns as they accept their diplomas this month. But what they're really getting is a postgraduate course in greenwashing, and the cynical ways corporations will exploit their desire to protect the environment. Local high schools, as well as prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley and Yale, are opting for environmentally friendly graduation garb made from recycled plastics or biodegradable materials.
August 5, 1993
It seems apparent that the state's position on higher education has changed for the worse. A letter from my local community college, explaining the new tutition breakdown for students with baccalaureate degrees as opposed to students without, has caused me to rethink my position on extended education programs. Throughout life, we are taught the benefits of completing any job started. Unfortunately, graduates have the misfortune of following an outdated philosophy. The state has determined that graduates will be charged $50 per unit, while non-graduates $13, thus making the averge class cost $150 for graduates and only $39 for the non-grad.
May 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama urged graduates of a celebrated historically black college Sunday to use their education to help others and to work for "something larger than yourself," citing the example of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama urged graduates headed to law school to make sure they "defend the powerless" during their careers. He said new physicians should find ways to "heal folks in under-served communities," and business school graduates should consider "putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood.
April 19, 2012 | By Karin Klein
The call to lower graduation standards in the Los Angeles Unified School District reminds me of a conversation I had with a representative of the construction industry seven years ago, back when the school board was first considering requiring all students to take the full series of college-preparatory classes in order to earn a diploma. His group favored the switch to a college-prep requirement because the sequence of courses known as "A through G" would also prepare students better for jobs that don't require a college degree.
December 14, 2009 | By Don Lee
The unemployment rate dropped last month for men and women, blacks and whites, lifting hopes that the long dry spell in the jobs market may be coming to an end. But for recent college graduates and other young adults, the labor situation didn't just remain dire -- it got worse. For 20- to 24-year-olds, the jobless rate rose four-tenths of a percent to 16% in November, even as unemployment nationally slipped to 10% from 10.2%. And data from the Labor Department show that the unemployment figure for college graduates in that age group was 10.6% in the third quarter -- the highest since early 1983 and more than double the rate for older college-educated workers.
March 16, 2014 | By Jason Song
The nearly two-minute UC Irvine video looks like an appeal to prospective students, featuring a montage of undergraduates walking around campus, dancing in classrooms and celebrating big basketball victories. But the target audience becomes obvious at the end, when 7-foot-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye looks directly into the camera while towering over a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama and says: "Mr. President, we should play ball together. " The video is the latest and perhaps most visible attempt by a university to attract a high-profile graduation speaker.
March 4, 2014 | By Jason Song
UC Irvine officials have decided to hold a series of smaller graduation ceremonies, in addition to one at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, at which they hope President Obama will be the keynote speaker.  Administrators have invited the president to give the main address at the baseball stadium on June 14. A UC Irvine vice chancellor visited Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to deliver about 10,000 letters from students and alumni, asking Obama to attend....
February 24, 2014 | By Karin Klein
It was confusing when, several years ago, Bill Gates blasted American education for failing to produce enough graduates in science, technology and engineering. Really? Not enough workers in those fields? At the same time that he was making these statements, I knew computer programmers and biologists who couldn't find jobs and others who were facing stagnating and falling wages. Yet, as with many positions Gates takes on education  - often backed by sizable contributions to bolster his vision  - this one took off and clung.
February 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Five years ago, UC Merced students successfully persuaded First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at their commencement ceremony that spring. They had bombarded her with hundreds of valentines and pulled every possible political string between Central California and Washington. To their delight and surprise, she accepted and addressed what was the new school's first graduating class. Now, UC Irvine is hoping similar tactics will work with her husband. The Orange County campus has asked President Obama to deliver the school's commencement address on June 14, possibly at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
February 12, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
In December, Ben Villarreal graduated with a bachelor's degree from Samuel Merritt University's nursing program in Oakland. In short order, he received two job offers at UC hospitals with programs for new graduates. But with less than a month to go before his start dates, the 22-year-old said he is concerned that he could lose both promising opportunities. As of mid-February, California's Board of Registered Nursing still hadn't given him the go-ahead to take the nursing exam needed to get his license and start a new job. "I've been told my application is on my evaluator's desk with hundreds of others," he said.
February 11, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
June 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Present diploma. Smile. Shake hands. Repeat - 528 times. Over and over, Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch handed a diploma to a graduate and shook a hand. Some walked quickly across the stage while others moseyed - creating an accordion effect in the assembly line of hands he'd have to shake. By the last names beginning with B, he sighed deeply and wiped his brow. The sun now draped the amphitheater and his gown was growing heavy. His smile never wavered. Only 508 more hands to shake.
February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Corona Santiago Coach Jeff Steinberg said standout junior quarterback Blake Barnett has finalized plans to graduate in December so he can head off to Notre Dame in January and participate in spring practice. It means Barnett will be taking a class or two this summer. Barnett is 6 feet 4, 200 pounds and earned rave reviews as a passer and runner this past season. He made an early commitment to Notre Dame. If Santiago makes it to a CIF state championship bowl game, Barnett will be happy to stick around for that.
February 5, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
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