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Destyni Tyree Graduates High School Two Years Early With A 4.0, Despite Living in A Homeless Shelter

June 24th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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People think we’re joking when we talk about #BlackGirlMagic. But you have to admit, we accomplish some pretty incredible feats. 16-year-old Destyni Tyree is one of those young women. Tyree, a resident of Washington D.C., spent most of her high school career living in a homeless shelter with her family.

But despite a challenging living situation, Tyree found the will to thrive. The teenager graduated high school two years early and was awarded a full scholarship.

In an interview with NBC Washington, Tyree said, “I don’t want to live in a shelter when I get older. I want to better my life, so that gave me the drive to do what I want to do.”

Tyree earned a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Principal’s Award for Academics and the Leadership Award.

Tyree’s family fell on hard times when her mother lost her job a few years ago, forcing them into a homeless shelter. The change caused Tyree to experience difficulties with her academics. And she subsequently switched schools.

She landed at the Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, an alternative program. While there, she worked diligently to graduate this year.

Tyree’s principal, Eugenia Young told NBC, “We not only gave her regular classes, she had online classes and she did Saturday school to make sure that she graduated this year.”

And in addition to her academic excellence, Tyree worked 25 hours a week at an ice cream parlor. And as if that weren’t enough, she was a member of the cheerleading squad and participated in other school activities. She was also prom queen.

Tyree told ABC News, “It gets better. If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it gets a lot better.”

Congratulations to this young lady!

Young Man Born With Cerebral Palsy Takes First Steps To Accept His High School Diploma

May 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nowadays, quite a few high schools give people grief for cheering after a student’s name is called during a commencement ceremony. However, they let a crowd full of graduating seniors, family, friends and faculty go wild during Okmulgee High School’s graduation (in Okmulgee, Oklahoma) on Friday, as everyone present was watching a miracle happen.

Mikah McDade was born with cerebral palsy, and as long as people had known him, they knew of him in his wheelchair. But McDade decided to surprise everyone and himself for his graduation ceremony. According to People, he practiced for months to be able to do what he did on May 20: walk across the stage so that he could accept his diploma.

When his name was announced, McDade stood up, and with the help of a walker, moved across the stage to a roaring applause from all in attendance, including his parents, Mark and Anisa McDade, who People reports were in tears during his big moment.

It was literally one that gave me goosebumps (and I had them each and every time I watched the video), and as the announcer said after the fact, was the “best” diploma acceptance moment ever. It was McDade’s first time walking, and it was an accomplishment I’m sure no one at that ceremony will ever forget.

Obstacles? What are those?



“I Admire You” J Cole Keeps Promise And Attends Student’s High School Graduation

June 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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J Cole has long been one of our favorite rappers. And he consistently finds ways to impress us. Most recently, he did so by attending a high school graduation.

This may seem like very little, but the story behind the story is quite inspirational and impressive.

Cole’s attendance at the graduation was a plan two years in the making. According to a story on Necole Bitchie Cierra Bosarge was sophomore when she wrote J Cole a letter asking him if he would attend her high school graduation.

Turns out she faced some challenges to get to this point. Here’s a portion of what her letter said.

The letter left a mark and Cole responded to her via Twitter, saying that he would be there if she got accepted into a four year university.

J Cole

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In the meantime, Bosarge kept J Cole updated by sending him her grades over the years.

This year, Bosarge, an aspiring journalist, graduated high school and was also accepted into four 4-year institutions, including Virginia Union University and Harris-Stowe University. She’ll start college this fall.

J Cole kept his promise and rearranged tour dates in order to be there for Bosarge’s graduation.

Cole’s manager, Ibrahim Hamad, also offered his congratulations to Bosarge.

Bosarge also described the moment she saw J Cole in the audience and what it meant to her.

In addition to his attendance, J Cole spoke to Cierra, gave her some of his favorite books and even money to help with her tuition. Bosarge wrote that Cole told her, if she manages to earn a 4.0, he’ll double the amount of money he donates.

We love to see stories like this. Kudos to J Cole for keeping his word, showing up and showing his support in this way. And congratulations to Cierra for her accomplishment!

WATCH: Graduation Class “Whips” and “Nae Naes” During Their Graduation

May 31st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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It’s that time of year.

Seniors around the country are celebrating their first major accomplishment. They are graduating from high school and starting the next great chapter of their lives. While most seniors sleep through their graduation ceremony, the 2015 graduating class of Kahuku High School and Intermediate School in Hawaii did not.

In what appears to be a school tradition, the graduating seniors gave a hilarious and show-stopping performance. The class started the routine with their own interpretation of Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again, Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, Silento’s Watch Me and ended with a dope step routine at the.

The entire performance is 10 minutes long and so worth it. I encourage you all to watch it. Especially at the 6:20 Mark. Congratulations to the class of 2015 at Kahuku High! We can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

Cap And Gown Swag: Celebrities Cheesing It Up In Their Throwback Graduation Photos

May 16th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We all have those extra cheesy graduation photos don’t we? You know the ones. Posing next to the year of our graduation. Holding on to roses and laying our faces on our hands. Looking back on them now, I think we all cringe. But back in the day, they made us proud. Same goes for celebrities. Here are a few celebs looking very happy and accomplished as they graduated from middle school, high school and college.

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Before he was a NBA champion and star dating Gabrielle Union and wearing capri Gucci pants, Wade was another kid from the South Side of Chicago with hoop dreams who idolized Michael Jordan. I would predict that this graduation photo was from middle school/junior high since he looks so young. He’s come so far hasn’t he? And thankfully he also grew into those ears.

California Reports Increase in African American High School Grads; Dropout Rate Declines

April 12th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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When it comes to education, any improvement is move in the right direction. This is the case in California, where state officials just reported slight improvements in dropout and graduation rates and continued gains made by Latino and African American students

“Overall, the state dropout rate declined by 1.5 percentage points to 13.2% for the class of 2012, when compared to the class of 2011. For Latinos, the improvement was 2.1 percentage points; for African Americans, it was 3.1%,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

According to new data, the state graduation rate was 78.5 percent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from 2011. The larger gains were among Latinos and African Americans.

The annual report, which is now in its third year, tracks individual students from ninth grade to graduation.

This comes as good news, especially since there have been “devastating cuts” made to the education budget.  “We must keep moving to ensure every California student graduates ready to succeed in the world they find outside the classroom,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a conference call with reporters.

Looking at the stats for the City of Los Angeles, the data was also positive. The Los Angeles Unified School District saw a graduation rate of 66.2 percent, up 1.4 percentage points from 2011.

“For Latinos, the improvement was 2.4 percentage points. For African Americans, however, the graduation rate went down slightly by less than a percentage point,” reports the newspaper. The dropout rate was 20.3 percent, a decrease of  2.3 percentage points. The drop out  rate for African Americans fell 1.8 points.

Happy Black Girl News! High School Graduation Rates Predicted To Reach 90% By 2020

February 25th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Shutterstock

High school graduation rates are steadily rising for the first time in decades, reports Reuters. The “Building a Grad Nation” report revealed that graduation rates in Tennessee,  Louisiana, Alaska, California, Texas and New York have dramatically improved. The national graduation rate is also reported to have increased from 71.7 percent in 2001, to 78.2% in 2010. If the momentum continues at this rate, the report suggests that the United States could be looking at a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.

“For the first time in 40 years, we have seen significant, sustained improvement,” revealed  co-author of the study, John Bridgeland.

Graduation rates  in Iowa, Wisconsin and Vermont take the lead among other states in the nation with nearly 90 percent of students graduating high school.

“Increasing the graduation rate has to be a purposeful exercise, something you’re driven to do every day. More and more, you’re seeing people across the country get it,” said Terry Glover, Supt. of Houston, Texas public schools.

Nevada and New Mexico are ranked the lowest, with only six in ten freshmen students predicted to earn their diplomas in four years. Unfortunately, the report also revealed that nationally, the percentage of high school graduating minorities still falls behind that of their White peers, with one-third of African American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out prior to graduation. The graduation rate of African American and Hispanic students in Minnesota remained somewhere near 50 percent in 2011.

“We need to look at these disparities head on,” said Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner of Minnesota.

Tactics administered by education boards in various states with improved graduation rates included: building new schools, allowing students to make flexible schedules, hiring more school counselors to check student transcripts for missing credits and sending emissaries to home the homes of truant students.


State to Begin Phasing out High School Graduation Test

March 9th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(AJC) — The class of 2011 is about to be out the door, and so is the state’s high school graduation test.  The state Board of Education is expected Wednesday to start the process of phasing out the test that’s been the gateway — and, in some cases, stumbling block — to graduation for all of Georgia’s public high school students since 1995.  In the past three years, at least 3,000 students failed the test multiple times and had to petition the state Board of Education in order obtain their diplomas.  Even now, 100,000 high school juniors and seniors are getting ready to take the test in the next three weeks. But barring some major change, they’ll be among the last who have to pass the four-part Georgia High School Graduation Test before they can graduate.

Beginning with next school year’s high school freshman class, students will be expected to pass eight end-of-course tests to graduate.  Actually, they’ll have some wiggle room. What they’ll literally have to do is pass all eight courses, and those end-of-course tests will count for 20 percent of their course grade.  In the phase-in period, current students will be allowed to take either or both tests. But by graduation they will have to have passed the high school graduation tests in the core subject areas of English/language arts, math, science and social studies or the equivalent end-of-course tests, said Melissa Fincher, associate state school superintendent of assessment and accountability.

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