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WNYC News

De Blasio to Dante: Go With Purpose

Friday, June 19, 2015

At his son's high school graduation, the mayor delivered a speech tinged with personal reflection and a call to activism.

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Money Talking

What a Time to Be Looking for a Job

Friday, June 05, 2015

Good news college grads! This might be the best time to find a job since the recession. (Then again, that's compared to the past few years).

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The Takeaway

STEM Jobs Are Scarce for Recent Grads

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

There are more students and recent graduates with college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math than there are STEM jobs, a new report finds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pomp, Circumstance and a Dose of Republican Viewpoints

Monday, May 04, 2015

As college graduation season gets underway, why are students protesting conservative speakers? Plus, a Rutgers professor calls in about Condoleezza Rice's botched speech last year.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps Podcast 417: Remembering Wil Smith

Friday, March 13, 2015

Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.

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Studio 360

Lisa Kudrow's Greatest Failures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Friends actress majored in biology at Vassar College. In this 2010 commencement address, she admits "as in most pursuits, 'one's self' is one of the biggest hurdles to get over."
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Schoolbook

New York Regents Approve Career-Focused Diploma Requirements

Monday, October 20, 2014

New York high schoolers will be able to swap out a history test required for graduation for an exam of their choice, in subjects such as information technology or culinary arts.
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Schoolbook

NYC Admits it Needs to Keep Tabs on School Counselors

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's no secret that high school guidance counselors are overburdened, but a City Council bill seeks the raw data to prove it.
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Radio Rookies

Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty

Monday, September 22, 2014

WNYC
Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

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Schoolbook

Regents Weigh New Routes to a High School Diploma

Monday, September 15, 2014

High school students may finally be allowed to swap out one of the five Regents exams required for graduation for an alternative test that meets their interests or area of study.
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WNYC News

NYPD Chief Has Message for New Officers: Save the Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has a new goal for the latest class of NYPD graduates: Save the children. The commissioner told the class of 610 cadets that he wanted them to help prevent children from joining cliques and crews.

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The Takeaway

The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All eyes were on President Obama at the West Point graduation ceremony Wednesday, drawing attention away from the graduating cadets. But one cadet was still singled out for a big cheer. We look at the West Point tradition of honoring the last-ranked graduate, dubbed “the goat.” 

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Studio 360

A Week of Bests: Commencement Speeches, Vocal Ranges, and Scares

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": great commencement speeches, sweet dreams, an artful bot, pop music's best vocal ranges, and a lovely scare.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do You Actually Remember Who Spoke at Your Graduation?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Listen to our interview with George Saunders - about the graduation speech on kindness he gave - here. And our call-in segment asking you about your graduation can be found here.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 369: Buddies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go to college with Collin as his full-time caregiver.

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Schoolbook

Tougher Regents Squeeze Students Struggling to Graduate

Friday, January 31, 2014

Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.

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Radio Rookies

Education Motivation

Monday, January 27, 2014

Imagine: a high school where students are on a first-name basis with their principal and teachers, have personal advocate counselors, and where a failing grade doesn’t mean trouble, but an offer of help. West Brooklyn Community High School is that kind of school. Opened in 2006, West Brooklyn is designed to give students a second-chance at earning lost credits and graduating. In this report, two students—Eddie Munoz and Jairo Gomez—tell the story of how they fell dangerously behind at their previous schools and got back on track at West Brooklyn. (Watch it here)

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Schoolbook

Last Day of School Evokes a Mix of Joy and Relief

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

School is out. Students in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, share their summer plans and talk about the bittersweet feeling that comes with the end of the school year. Plus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives his only commencement speech in the public schools this year. 

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Schoolbook

Stuyvesant Grants Honorary Diploma to Student Who Died

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two years after she was fatally struck by a car while riding her bicycle, Aileen Chen was given an honorary diploma by Stuyvesant High School during Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.

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Schoolbook

Standout Grads Honored for Resilience

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nearly 200 high school grads received special recognition Monday night for overcoming exceptional adversity while completing high school, with plans to go to college. As one award recipient said: "If you’re struggling, be an active struggler; do everything you can to improve your situation."

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