Graduation ceremonies - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Graduation ceremonies AP Top Stories May 21 P Here are the top stories for Sunday, May 21: President Donald Trump gives overseas speech in Saudi Arabia; Graduates at Notre Dame leave commencement... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:53:00 GMT 2017-05-21T22:53:00Z Oprah Winfrey tells grads to seek fulfillment in service NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey advised Smith College graduates to seek fulfillment by serving others and live with intention during the school's commencement Sunday. The author, actress and former talk show host addressed more than 600 graduates at the ceremony in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was among five women who received an honorary degree from the women's l... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:40:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:40:00Z Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the prospect of President Donald Trump being invited to become the seventh U.S. pre... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:26:00Z Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out of Pence Speech Dozens of graduates silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. Students... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:49:00 GMT 2017-05-21T19:49:00Z TV's Judge Judy gives commencement speech in West Virginia SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Syndicated television's Judge Judy has told graduating high school seniors in West Virginia to fill their lives and work with passion. Media outlets report Judy Sheindlin gave the keynote address Saturday at the commencement for South Charleston High School graduates at the Charleston Civic Center. The ret... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:51:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:51:00Z Winfrey extols life of 'inner truth' at Skidmore graduation SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey advised graduates at Skidmore College to follow their "inner truth" and live a spiritual life during a commencement speech Saturday in upstate New York. The author, actress and former talk show host spoke at the graduation in Saratoga Springs, where one of the more than 600 members of the Class of 2017 included a student who had at... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:48:00Z Sen. Warren tells grads 'our democracy depends on you' BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging college graduates to help improve a political landscape that she described as "ugly and frustrating." Warren made the comments while delivering the commencement speech for Boston's Wheelock College on Friday. The first-term Massachusetts Democrat called on graduates to become ... Fri, 19 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-19T22:11:00Z Grown-ups brawl at high school graduation in Tennessee MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Graduation caps weren't the only things flying at one high school commencement in Tennessee after some adults in the audience started throwing punches. Videos posted to social media show a fight between adults breaking out as Arlington High School graduates marched into a Memphis church to the tune of "Pomp & Circumstance" Tuesday. The Memphis Commercia... Thu, 18 May 2017 11:30:00 GMT 2017-05-18T11:30:00Z The Latest: Trump decries unfair treatment by media NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (all times local): 12:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is telling graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that no other politician has been treated more unfairly by the media. But he says, "you cannot let them get you down." ... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:29:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:29:00Z Bon Jovi surprises grads, guests with commencement show EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bon Jovi entertained graduates and guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University's commencement exercises Tuesday by putting on a surprise performance. Fairleigh Dickinson won a nationwide contest to bring the New Jersey-based rock band to play their graduation by generating the most interest on social media. Jon... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:03:00Z Bon Jovi surprises grads with commencement show Bon Jovi entertained graduates and guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University's commencement exercises Tuesday by putting on a surprise performance. Tue, 16 May 2017 22:56:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:56:00Z Lionel Richie addresses grads at Berklee commencement BOSTON (AP) — Musician Lionel Richie addressed more than 1,000 graduates at the Berklee College of Music after accepting an honorary degree. The Boston Globe reports ( ) that Richie spoke at the school's commencement Saturday at the Agganis Arena in Boston. Richie gained fame in the 1970s as a member of the R&B grou... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:54:00Z Van Zandt urges grads to stay true to their New Jersey roots PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Musician and actor Steven Van Zandt called on the largest-ever graduating class in Rutgers University to stay true to their Garden State roots on Sunday, urging them to embrace authenticity and reminding them that "life should never be boring." Wearing his signature head scarf, Van Zandt gave the address at the New Jersey school's ... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:19:00 GMT 2017-05-14T20:19:00Z Trump to Liberty U grads: Relish being an 'outsider' LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul-turned-president, offered simple words of advice to university graduates Saturday as he urged them to follow their convictions, prepare to face criticism and relish the opportunity to be an "outsider." "It's the outsiders who change the world," Trump declared in his first commencement address to mo... Sun, 14 May 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T02:34:00Z The Latest: Trump praises virtues of being an 'outsider' LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's commencement address at Liberty University (all times local): 5 p.m. President Donald Trump is offering simple words of advice to university graduates: Follow your convictions, prepare to face criticism, and relish the opportunity to be an "outsider." In add... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:04:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:04:00Z Trump Delivers 'Outsider' Message at Liberty U Delivering his first commencement address, President Donald Trump on Saturday urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-05-13T19:24:00Z Trump Gives Commencement Speech at Liberty U. President Donald Trump delivered his first commencement speech as president at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The president urged the school's... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-05-13T15:56:00Z Will Ferrell keeps USC laughing with lighthearted speech LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's been a race-car driver, a Santa's elf, a TV anchorman and now that he leaves the University of Southern California with an honorary doctorate in hand, Will Ferrell told fellow graduates Friday that he's ready to deliver a baby on an airliner. "Hopefully it will be on United Airlines, from which I will be immediately subdued and dra... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:38:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:38:00Z The Latest: Will Ferrell gives funny USC commencement talk LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on comedian and alum Will Ferrell's commencement talk at the University of Southern California (all times local): 12:20 p.m. He's been a race-car driver, a Santa's elf, and a TV anchorman in the movies. And now, Will Ferrell says, with an honorary doctorate degree in hand he's ready to de... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:22:00Z Commencement speech by No. 2 Senate Republican canceled WASHINGTON (AP) — A commencement address by the No. 2 Senate Republican was canceled Friday after opposition from students at the historically black university where he was scheduled to speak. The cancellation of Sen. John Cornyn's planned Saturday address at Texas Southern University came just days after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed and heckled as she delivered... Fri, 12 May 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-05-12T17:40:00Z DeVos heckled at graduation for historically black college DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy Devos vowed support for the students at a historically black university at their graduation ceremony, but was nearly drowned out by booing and shouts of "Liar!" Many graduating students turned their back to her in protest. DeVos sought common ground with her audience at Bethune-Cookman University on Wed... Thu, 11 May 2017 07:52:00 GMT 2017-05-11T07:52:00Z DeVos booed speaking at historically black university DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest. "Let's choose to hear one another out," DeVos said, reading her prepared text in a measured ... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T05:30:00Z DeVos Heckled at Graduation Commencement Speech Education Secretary Betsy Devos had a tough audience for her commencement speech at a historically black university in Florida. Boos and shouts of "Liar!"... Wed, 10 May 2017 23:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T23:21:00Z Christie signs bill inspired by 'Snooki' to cap speaker fees TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi that limits how much state universities can pay speakers. The new law puts a $10,000 cap on the amount of state money that can be spent on speakers, but the Republican governor said it is essentially symbolic sinc... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-05-08T18:19:00Z Grandmother, 72, graduates from Tennessee State University NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fifty-five years after she cut short her college education when she fell in love, Darlene Mullins has finally graduated. Tennessee State University says Mullins, a 72-year-old grandmother of four, participated in the school's undergraduate commencement ceremony Saturday. Mullins was a TSU student and a budding tr... Sun, 07 May 2017 00:25:00 GMT 2017-05-07T00:25:00Z Amanpour to address graduates at Northeastern University BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern University's newest graduates will hear from journalist Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour, who is CNN's chief international correspondent, is scheduled to speak Friday at Northeastern's graduation ceremony at TD Garden arena in Boston. Over a career spanning three decades, Amanpour has covered major world events i... Fri, 05 May 2017 04:31:00 GMT 2017-05-05T04:31:00Z David Ortiz to address grads at Rhode Island tech university EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will deliver the commencement address at a private Rhode Island university. The baseball legend is set to speak at the New England Institute of Technology's 76th commencement at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Sunday. The East Greenwich school will present ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-04-25T00:01:00Z Actress Octavia Spencer to speak at Kent State commencement KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University's first universitywide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school. Spencer recently starred as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the drama "Hidden Figures." The film tells the true story of several female African-American mathematicians at NASA ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:55:00 GMT 2017-04-22T13:55:00Z De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-04-21T19:03:00Z Trump to keynote US Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy next month. White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced Trump's participation in the May 17 ceremony in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday. Each year, the president delivers the commencement address at one of th... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-04-19T16:44:00Z