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'Making Your Mark Is Hard' And Other Tips For Grads

Audie Cornish shares excerpts from this year's college commencement addresses by President Obama, Mitt Romney, Maria Shriver, Michael Bloomberg and others.
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Students Find It's Tough To Graduate In Four Years

Just over half of students graduate with their bachelor's degrees within six years of enrolling in college, according to recent studies. Educators say many students are reducing semester credit hours to save money, taking time off or dropping out of school all together.
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Son Fulfills Dream That Racism Denied His Mother

Friday, Terry Walls is graduating from the same university that rejected his mother because of the color of her skin. Mary Jean Price Walls hadn't spoken about her application to Missouri State University in six decades, until her son uncovered letters in university archives.
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The Politics Of Catholic Schools' Graduation Speakers

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is up in arms over Georgetown University's invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during commencement weekend. Church officials are upset about Sebelius' role in the creation of the contraception mandate in the federal health reform law. It's one of several controversies surrounding graduation speakers that have cropped up this spring.
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After Devastating Tornado, Joplin High Bounces Back

One year after a tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., life for the city's residents is beginning to return to normal. President Obama will deliver Joplin High School's commencement speech.
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All-Nighters Pay Off For Janitor, Ivy League Grad

Gac Filipaj graduated this week with honors from Columbia University. The 52-year-old Albanian-refugee not only fled civil war to come to the U.S., but worked as a janitor at Columbia for nearly 20 years while taking English classes and earning his bachelor's degree. Host Michel Martin speaks with Filipaj about finally achieving his goal.

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