Tag: Graduation

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Generation Y

Pittsburgh’s magnet schools boast high grad rates

CONGRATS GRADS—Pittsburgh Obama’s Class of 2013 at their graduation ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, June 7. (Photo by J.L. Martello) According to a report recently released by Education Week, the national high school graduation rate reached nearly 75 percent in 2010. For African-American students the rate was lower, with only 62 percent of Blacks earning a diploma, an increase of 13.2 percent in 10 years. While many across the nation decry the growing number of African-American students dropping out of high school, the Pittsburgh Public School District is seeing an overwhelming number of Black students graduating from its magnet schools.

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Generation Y

Obama exhorts good deeds by Morehouse graduates

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony, May 19, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Darlene SupervilleATLANTA (AP) — President Barack Obama, in a soaring commencement address on work, sacrifice and opportunity, on Sunday told graduates of historically Black Morehouse College to seize the power of their example as Black men graduating from college and use it to improve people’s lives.

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Generation Y

Obama dares Ohio State graduates to reject cynical voices

President Barack Obama speaks at Ohio State University’s spring commencement ceremony May 5, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) by Josh Lederman Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A year to the day after kicking off his victorious re-election campaign on this college campus, President Barack Obama returned to Ohio State University and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their democracy can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation’s future.