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April 11, 1989
Eighty-five percent of graduating students polled last week at Cal State Northridge oppose plans for this year's graduation at the Hollywood Bowl, organizers of the student-run survey said Monday. A majority of the 922 students who responded to the survey also said they want to bring from four to nine guests, instead of the three guests tentatively allowed by the university, said poll organizer Anthony Ashhurst, an Associated Students graduate senator. The university decided to hold the graduation in the bowl because the campus area usually used for the ceremony has been closed for construction.
June 8, 1989
The oldest graduate of Santa Monica College's Adult High School, an 81-year-old Mar Vista resident, will be the main speaker at the graduation ceremony, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Harold Marlowe, a Russian interpreter at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who fled the Soviet Union when he was 13 after fighting in the Red Army, will be among 160 students receiving high school diplomas from the college. The next day, 450 Santa Monica College students will receive their Associate of Arts degrees at a graduation ceremony in the college amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica College President Richard Moore will be the main speaker.
April 2, 2008 | Ben DuBose, Times Staff Writer
Students in urban public school districts are less likely to graduate from high school than those enrolled in suburban districts in the same metropolitan area, according to research presented Tuesday. The report by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center found that about 75% of the students in suburban districts received diplomas, but only 58% of students in urban districts did. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the gap was even wider, with 78% of students in suburban districts and 57% of those in city districts graduating.
April 10, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY
To encourage safe revelry by the Class of 1996, the City Council has thrown its support behind "safe, sane and sober" graduation night celebrations in June at El Dorado and Valencia high schools. City staff members recommended that the council authorize a $800 donation to each school. Council members surpassed that, voting to make the donation $1,000 for each school. The council also authorized a $1,000 grant to the AIDS Walk Orange County fund-raiser.
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.
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 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.
June 6, 2002
The purpose of a college graduation ceremony is to celebrate the culmination of four years of perseverance, study and sacrifice for each and every student and his or her family. To hold a separate public ceremony recognizing a certain racial group is racist and divisive (Sandy Banks' column "Black Grad Night Is About Pride, Not Separatism," June 2). I am sure there are plenty of white disadvantaged students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college this year. Shall they have a separate ceremony?
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.
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