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Private School Helps Mpls. Public School Students Aim For Graduation

Fifty-nine percent of Minneapolis public school students graduate from high school, a number that is slowly increasing. But there is a program students can attend in the summer that will up those chances to 99 percent.

06/24/2015

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Mpls. School Shattering Graduation Rate Statistics — In A Good Way

Fifty percent of urban youth graduate high school in the city of Minneapolis. For Hispanic and black students, the rates are even lower. However, for eight years, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has been shattering statistics.

06/19/2015

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For Senior Prank, Mound Westonka HS Graduates Honor Teachers, Staff

As graduation nears, high school seniors often have a tradition of an end of the year prank. Mound Westonka is no different, but this year, the Class of 2015 took a different approach — instead of a practical joke, they decided to honor the retiring principal and all the school staff.

06/01/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: June Sales

It’s time to turn a new page on the calendar. June is here and that means time to save some money! Consumer reporter John Ewoldt from the Star Tribune gets us movin’ with great bargains for the month of June.

06/01/2015

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Survey: Americans To Spend $4B On Graduates

Students all over the country are putting on their caps and gowns and getting ready to say goodbye to school. And their loved ones are preparing to spend big bucks to congratulate them. A National Retail Federation survey shows Americans are planning to spend a whopping $4.77 billion on graduation gifts this year.

05/26/2015

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Survivor Of 2008 School Bus Crash Graduates As Valedictorian

Seven years ago, rescuers in southwest Minnesota faced a horrifying scene when a van slammed into a school bus near the town of Cottonwood. But from that tragedy comes a heartwarming gesture, seven years later, from a student who survived and went on to become valedictorian.

05/16/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Springtime Deals

Are you regretting not buying the complete set of patio furniture last year? Well, there’s a good chance you can find it at a discount right now. It’s just one of the things on sale the month of May.

05/04/2015

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Augsburg College Celebrates Its Most Diverse Graduating Class In History

It was the most diverse graduating class ever at Augsburg College this weekend. Of the 425 graduates getting diplomas Sunday, 30 percent are people of color.

05/03/2015

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Minnesota Could Add Civics Test To Diploma Requirements

Minnesota could join other states in requiring high school students to pass a civics test before getting a diploma. A new bill at the Capitol would add the U.S. citizenship exam on civics to graduation requirements starting with the 2016-2017 school year. North Dakota and Arizona have already enacted similar laws.

03/05/2015

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Recommendations Heard To Improve Education For Native American Students

Numbers released on Tuesday showed that Native American students in Minnesota have among the lowest graduation and highest dropout rates in the country.

02/25/2015

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Entire Graduating Class From Mpls. High School Will Go To College

An entire graduating class from one Minneapolis high school are all heading on to continue their education. All 47 seniors from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School will be attending two or four year colleges next year. Since opening in 2007, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has had 162 graduates with 70 percent of them enrolled in college.

06/14/2014

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UW Students Launch Petition To ‘Jump Around’

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates think they’re the cream of the crop and will rise to the top — and they want to hear it one last time. The school’s 2014 graduates have launched an online petition demanding campus officials play “Jump Around” during graduation at Camp Randall Stadium on May 17.

05/09/2014

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Gift Guide For The College Graduate

Show your grad how proud you are with a special gift from the heart. Here are a few ideas for your upcoming college graduate.

05/07/2014

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Zach Sobiech’s Parents Reflect As His Stillwater Classmates Graduate

Stillwater High School’s Class of 2013 walked the stage at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown St. Paul to receive their diplomas Saturday night without one of its brightest stars. Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with a deadly form of bone cancer. Through his positive outlook, he tried to live life as normal as possible. Sadly, Zach died two weeks before graduation.

06/08/2013

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All Seniors At Mpls’ Cristo Rey High Will Head To College

its finals week at Christo Rey High School in Minneapolis, and seniors there are all smiles. They’re feeling good because in less than a week, they’ll be graduating and all will be heading to college. Edgar Alcantar has been accepted to St Mary’s University in Winona. “I’ve accomplished a lot during these four years,” Alcantar said. “I want to study English in college or writing so I can be a lawyer.”

06/03/2013

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How We Got Started: Mike Binkley

All week, the WCCO Morning Show team is sharing how they ended up doing what they’re doing. Previous installments covered the beginnings of Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus’s careers. Now it’s time to take a look at how Mike Binkley got started.

05/17/2013

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How We Got Started: Angela Davis

All week, the WCCO Morning Show team is sharing how they ended up doing what they’re doing. Previous installments covered the beginnings of Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus’s careers. Now it’s time to take a look at how Angela Davis got started.

05/17/2013

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How We Got Started: Natalie Nyhus

All week, the WCCO Morning Show team is sharing how they ended up doing what they’re doing. They started with Mike Augustyniak. On Thursday, it was Natalie Nyhus’s turn. Nyhus said she was 19 years old when she finally decided that she wanted to go into broadcasting.

05/16/2013

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How We Got Started: Mike Augustyniak

It’s that time of year when lots of people are graduating from high school or college and moving on to their next adventure. This week, we’re asking our WCCO Morning Show Team how they got to where they are in their careers today.

05/15/2013

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Best Places To Buy Gifts For Grads In Minnesota

For unique and local options that will help you highlight their interests and achievements, check out this list of best places for grad gifts in Minnesota.

05/07/2013

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Former Prisoner In Iran Speaks At Alma Mater

Roxana Saberi was finally able to give the commencement speech at her alma mater. The Fargo native and journalist was supposed to give the graduation speech at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

05/06/2013

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Dayton Administration Aims For Higher Grad Rates

The administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is vowing to shrink the number of Minnesota students who don’t graduate from high school.

03/13/2013

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Report: ‘U Of M’ Student-Athletes Graduating At All-Time High

There’s some good news for University of Minnesota student-athletes. They are graduating at an all-time high, according to a report from the NCAA.

10/25/2012

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8 Juveniles, 1 Adult Charged In Apple Valley Grad Party Fight

Eight juveniles and one adult have been charged in a fight that broke out in a June 1, 2012 graduation party in Apple Valley, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

07/10/2012

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School: Breathalyzer Or No Graduation

Some parents are considering suing their kids’ school for what they consider a violation of their rights. Seniors at St. Charles High School had to take a breathalyzer test at their graduation rehearsal on Friday.

06/04/2012

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