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A sampler of college commencement speeches

"Don't cave to the status quo. Don't trade happiness for deferred gratification. Don't give up adventure for safety and security. The safe is the enemy of the satisfying. Deferred gratification has a way of being deferred forever. And the status quo, 'business-as-usual,' 'the-way-things-have-always-been-done'...

Higher Education

  • UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more

    UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more

    The UC regents, in a meeting marked by feelings of relief and uncertainty, on Thursday embraced Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, which would significantly boost university funding, freeze in-state undergraduate tuition for two years, and require the 10-campus system to reform its pension plan...

  • UC system, K-12 among biggest winners in Brown's new budget proposal

    UC system, K-12 among biggest winners in Brown's new budget proposal

    The big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to sharply increase education funding are California undergraduates at UC, who will have their tuition frozen for two more years, and the millions of elementary, secondary and community college students who are likely to see more teachers and counselors...

  • Gov. Brown's budget: Where your money could be going, other things you need to know

    Gov. Brown's budget: Where your money could be going, other things you need to know

    Thursday morning marks a critical point in the annual debate over government spending in California. We are updating this page throughout the day as details of the governor's plan are unveiled. You can read a summary here and follow our reporters on Twitter for the latest: @chrismegerian, @mcgreevy99,...

In the Schools

More Education News

  • SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD's use of bonds for iPads

    SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD's use of bonds for iPads

    The federal Securities and Exchange Commission recently opened an informal inquiry into whether Los Angeles school officials complied with legal guidelines in the use of bond funds for the now-abandoned $1.3-billion iPads-for-all project.

  • Granada Hills Academic Decathlon team has championship in its sights

    Granada Hills Academic Decathlon team has championship in its sights

    It's the best thing ever for Fernando Sanchez and Jorge Zepeda, two cousins who attend Granada Hills Charter High School. Better than goat meat tacos. Better than movies with friends. Better even, they say, than "League of Legends" — the uber-popular online video game that they once obsessively...

  • Colleges grapple with cheating in the digital age

    Colleges grapple with cheating in the digital age

    Stanford University's honor code dates to 1921, written by students to help guide them through the minefield of plagiarism, forbidden collaboration, copying and other chicaneries that have tempted undergraduates since they first arrived on college campuses.

  • Experts disagree whether earning a college degree is worth the expense

    Experts disagree whether earning a college degree is worth the expense

    Many high school seniors and their parents are in the throes of deciding which college to attend and figuring out how to pay for it. The biggest question for those in the freshman applicant pool is where to enroll, not whether to go at all.

  • Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing

    Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing

    Latino voters consider California's standardized tests an important measure of student growth and school performance, according to a new poll that shows the state's largest minority group also feels strongly about teacher accountability and investing additional dollars in public education.

  • California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure

    California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure

    Gisela Aviles is a 49-year-old real estate agent in Corona. Henry Yoshikawa is a 71-year-old former administrator for a tiny school district in Placer County. And Arianna Rivera is a 23-year-old bank teller in East Los Angeles.

  • Students put expertise into plain English

    Students put expertise into plain English

    It was a simple question: What do you study? But UCLA doctoral candidate Oscar Campos started to give anything but a simple answer — he talked about cells and biology and how his research related to cancer but that he wasn't technically a cancer cell biologist. And then he stopped.

  • Four Garfield High students are in national Academic Decathlon final

    Four Garfield High students are in national Academic Decathlon final

    Four Garfield High students will participate this month in the final round of the national Academic Decathlon, the first ever to compete as individuals — rather than as a school team — from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • Universities add degree programs while spurning fads

    Universities add degree programs while spurning fads

    At Cal State Dominguez Hills, recreation and leisure studies are out and cyber-security is in. The geography major at USC has morphed into a new degree program called spatial studies. And Russian and German language programs at UC Riverside are virtually kaput, while Southeast Asian and Middle...

  • Korean-language classes are growing in popularity at U.S. colleges

    Korean-language classes are growing in popularity at U.S. colleges

    When Olivia Hernandez was a middle schooler in Oxnard, she became hooked on K-wave — the global phenomenon of South Korean pop music, television and culture. Inspired by the romantic series "My Lovely Sam Soon" and bands like Clazziquai, she taught herself the Korean alphabet and learned a few...

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