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September 13, 1992
My delight at reading of Laguna Beach High School's community service graduation requirement quickly turned to exasperation as I read that funds of $1.6 million have been allocated to cover the cost of staff, training and materials to start community service programs throughout the state. Community service does not need any of the above. A teen could provide a service by volunteering at a nursing home, hospital or preschool. Service could also take place as unorganized, unsupervised and creative as an individual picking up trash from the beach or running errands for a shut-in.
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 6, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The bright blue afternoon sky matched the gowns that billowed as students made the long walk — four at a time — around the Locke High School football field. They lined up behind the stage to receive their diplomas. Photos: 'Original' Locke students graduate Raquel Michel managed not to shed a single tear as she and fellow counselor Stephanie Nunez-Marroquin called the names of the students they had gotten to know so well. Kelvin Miller Michel put down the microphone and let out a joyous scream.
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%.
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.
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.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) will deliver the keynote address Friday as the Valley Leadership Institute honors 25 new graduates. The leadership institute, a nonprofit organization directed by business and civic leaders to educate and train Valley residents on important local issues, recently completed its seventh yearlong program, said Debbie Adelsberg, program coordinator. "The goal is to educate, to train, to get people more involved in their communities," Adelsberg said.
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