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November 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 250 firefighters will graduate today from the Fire Academy, including six who are missing and presumed dead at the World Trade Center. Six empty chairs in the Brooklyn College ceremony will mark their places, Deputy Fire Commissioner Frank Gribbon said. The families of all six have accepted invitations to attend and are expected to accept the graduation certificates, Gribbon said.
June 4, 1990
Parents whose children attend El Modena High School are needed to help build the background sets for the school's graduation night June 14. The effort to build half a dozen facades that depict the graduation theme, "Around the World in 90 Days," is part of the first large-scale community campaign to allow graduating seniors a drug- and alcohol-free grad night, said Bonnie Paymar, coordinator for El Modena Grad Night 1990.
May 11, 2002
Re "No Plans, No Graduation Rite, Seniors Told," May 7: Allowing the Los Angeles school system's local District C (covering the southwest Valley) high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies only if they're committed to secondary education or training is, as one student put it, "nonsense." Graduation is a celebration of what has been accomplished, not of plans for the future. The policy is coercion at best. In the worst-case scenario, it punishes students who, for economic reasons, must work after high school rather than attend college.
May 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge ruled in Orlando that four public high schools can hold graduation ceremonies in a church and do not have to cover up the 16-foot cross in the sanctuary. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell refused to stop this week's ceremonies because the plaintiffs -- a student, her Buddhist father and an atheist parent who say the use of Calvary Chapel in Melbourne violates the separation of church and state -- filed their case too late.
May 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush's daughter Barbara was among 2,900 students to graduate from Yale in a ceremony in New Haven that also honored baseball great Willie Mays with a doctorate of humane letters. Barbara Bush, who earned a humanities degree, is the fourth generation of her family to graduate from the Ivy League school. Her twin sister, Jenna, skipped her University of Texas graduation on Saturday.
May 17, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The schools are decked out. Stationery stores are stocked with aisles full of congratulatory cards, stuffed toy animals wearing caps and gowns and "Class of 1997" T-shirts. It's graduation season in Orange County, and colleges and universities will be handing out sheepskins at ceremonies this month and next. High school graduations will be next month. The first college ceremony this year was staged Friday at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, where 92 students were graduated.
May 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Before many Cal State seniors walk across the stage to receive a diploma in coming weeks, they will have to break out their wallet at least once more. More than half of Cal State universities charge a commencement fee - a requirement to graduate. At San Diego State, students must fork over $55 before they don the cap and gown. At San Francisco State, it takes $100 to walk across the stage before thousands of spectators. Fifteen of Cal State's 23 campuses charge some sort of graduation fee, according to the Oakland Tribune, which first reported on the charges Monday.
June 12, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
It was not a traditional graduation. This one, held Thursday morning in a movie theater, featured a slide show set to loud music, a local police officer as master of ceremonies, and constant, thunderous applause from the crowd of sixth-graders. The Orange Police Department held its sixth annual graduation for the 600 students who completed the 17-week DARE program designed to explain the dangers of drugs and alcohol and emphasize self-esteem and helping others.
May 11, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) has decided not to deliver a graduation address at UC Riverside in response to a labor union's campaign for a speaker boycott at UC's nine undergraduate campuses. Sanchez so far is the first speaker to withdraw but others are expected to follow, according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents about 20,000 UC workers, including hospital technicians and campus custodians. UC leaders criticized the union's move as disrupting a special day for graduates and their families.
June 23, 1992
Feminist attorney Gloria Allred will address the graduating class of the University of Phoenix's Southern California campus in Fountain Valley at graduation exercises Saturday. The outspoken Allred, who has taken on employment discrimination and women's issues in her law practice, was chosen to speak because of her work in the area of equal rights, said Anthony Digiovanni, vice president and regional director. "We are honored to have her as our 1992 commencement speaker," he said.
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