“Graduation season is well underway, with kindergartners, high schoolers, college seniors and graduate students alike donning caps and gowns to celebrate their achievement. With their diplomas, graduates also get words of wisdom from a commencement speakers and a good excuse to celebrate.” — Lloyd Young, The Big Picture 

Virginia Tech (Kyle Green/The Roanoke Times via Associated Press)

Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

(Philip Hall /Enterprise-Journal via Associated Press)

Brown University (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

Bowie State University (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Dalai Lama speaks at Tulane University (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Yale University (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

Virginia Tech graduating students from the School of Veterinary Medicine (Kyle Green/The Roanoke Times via Associated Press)

New York State Police Basic School (Tim Roske/Associated Press)

“Afghan girls hold their certificates as they graduate from a local Islamic school or madrassa, during a graduation ceremony at the Mazharal Olom mosque in Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan” The Big Picture (Rahmatullah Nikzad/Associated Press)

“Southmoore High School senior Miranda Mann adjusts her mortar board as she gets ready to attend her commencement ceremony in Oklahoma City, on May 25 five days after a tornado wreaked havoc in Moore, Okla. Mann’s home was among those destroyed after a huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening a wide swath of homes and businesses.” The Big Picture (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

US Naval Academy (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Lesley University (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

Kamiakin High School (Kai-Huei Yau/Tri-City Herald via Associated Press)

“Graduate Leland Shelton is congratulated as he is acknowledged by President Barack Obama during his 129th commencement ceremony address at Morehouse College on May 19 in Atlanta. After a difficult childhood Shelton graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is on his way to Harvard Law School.” The Big Picture (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Service High School (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via Associated Press)

Kiev (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

University of Minnesota (David Joles/The Star Tribune via Associated Press)

 

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