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June 29, 1986
Open letter to Dr. Bruce Rhoades, principal, San Pedro High School: A strange thing happened to me on June 18. I attended my daughter's graduation ceremonies at San Pedro High. I was there when the graduation class did their waves. I also saw the three beach balls they were tossing around. I thought both were harmless fun. When you walked off the field because of this and ended the graduation, you left too soon. You should have seen Maria Amalfitano trying to give her speech to the audience without the microphone (which you had shut off)
September 13, 1992
We should applaud Laguna Beach for making community service a requirement for graduation from high schools. I believe the students will likely end up reaping more benefits than the community since their participation may well boost their self-esteem by discovering that they do have something to offer their community. Perhaps we should go a step further by requiring all parents to be actively involved in their education process. Those who fail to comply may be compelled to pay a fee which would supplement our schools' dwindling budgets.
June 15, 1986
I am glad that Dan Brodhead is delighted that he'll have a religion-free graduation, because I'm mad as hell. Without consulting any statistics, I feel I can safely say that the people who do not object to a prayer at graduation ceremonies are in the majority. I am outraged (but not surprised) that the Los Angeles Unified School District would give in to the demands of one family when faced with a lawsuit. If the Brodheads are able to exhibit such clout and feel so strongly about separation of church and state, I suggest they tackle two other "little things."
June 8, 1990 | United Press International
A federal court Thursday, acting on the request of two graduating seniors, stopped a high school from holding a prayer service during commencement. Drew Brody and Jennifer Hohnstine, who are to graduate from Downingtown Area High School today, asked for the order Thursday, saying that the benediction, to be delivered by a minister, makes non-Christians feel like "second-class citizens." U.S.
May 27, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
A special graduation ceremony for about 150 Latino students at Cal State Northridge is scheduled today in the school's University Club garden. First held in 1969 by a group of Chicano students and professors looking to assert their cultural identity at the school, the annual Chicano/Latino Graduation ceremony now celebrates the range of Latin American heritages at CSUN. At the event, friends and family members will be treated to folklorico dance performances and live music.
July 4, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly twice the percentage of white athletes as blacks graduated from college the last five years, according to a study by the NCAA. The findings, released Wednesday, are the first part of an academic study of 3,288 athletes from 85 Division I schools who entered college in 1984 and 1985. Black athletes graduated at a 26.6% rate, compared to 52.2% for whites and 45.7% for all athletes. The women's rate was almost 54%, compared with the men's 42.3%.
January 27, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
California State University is embarking on an ambitious initiative to raise its graduation rates and help more low-income and minority students earn degrees, even as it faces perhaps the grimmest budget outlook in its history. The university is setting a goal of boosting its six-year graduation rate by 8% by 2016, bringing it to 54%, in line with the top national averages at similar institutions. University leaders say they hope to raise graduation rates for underrepresented minority students by 10%, cutting in half what has been a thorny achievement gap in degree completion compared with white students.
The battle over whether Joe Neal graduates tonight may not be over yet. School officials signaled Wednesday that they will resume their bid to discipline the Bassett High School senior for distributing fliers portraying the principal as a dictator.
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