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May Mayhem: Your College Student Is Moving Back In

Has an extraterrestrial invaded your home this May?  When college-age sons and daughters come back home and re-feather your empty nest to be with you for the summer, it is a readjustment for everyone in the household. Each family must deal with its new challenges individually, but one reality is certain: no matter where the recent graduates eventually hang their hats, earning that sheepskin elevates degree holders in everyone’s eyes. 

Graduation Goulash

Stepping reverently to the cadence of Pomp and Circumstance?  You’re one of millions donning cap and gown and graduating from a high school, college, or university.  If it’s an institution of higher learning and you’re singular, you’re morphing from matriculant to alumna (female) or alumnus (male).  If you’re plural, you’re collectively alumnae (female) or alumni (male or female graduates).  For those etymology inquirers, all four “alum” words derive from Latin’s alere meaning “nourish.”

Life Lessons and Inspiration from a Diverse Range of Memorable Commencement Speakers

By Dawn Handschuh

Graduation season is upon us, and at many schools across the country, the process of choosing a commencement speaker was a daunting one for school administrators: should they select an individual—possibly someone who’s relatively unknown—who has changed the world in a meaningful way? Someone who can motivate and inspire graduates? Or should they go with a big name speaker who can be counted on to entertain and give a great speech?

Graduation Traditions that Span Past and Present

By Dawn Handschuh

One of the first of many milestones in a young person's life, college graduation is a rite of passage marked by numerous traditions, many of them centuries old. While graduates at nearly every college and university will don a a cap and gown—itself a centuries old tradition dating back to the 12th century—many of today’s institutions of learning have adopted their own traditions, steeped in symbolism and faithfully repeated year after year.
 

Tips for Preserving and Framing a Sheepskin Document

While most diplomas and certification documents today are printed on archival paper produced from treated pulp or rag (cotton), if you have a diplomas that is many years old, it may well be made with sheepskin or parchment.  View the tips for preserving and framing a sheepskin diploma!

Time to Vote! Frame My Future Scholarship Contest 2013 Finalists Announced!

The fifth annual Frame My Future Scholarship Contest attracted incredible interest with entries pouring in from all 50 states. Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite entry among the 24 Finalist entries.

5 Reasons to Ditch the Car Before Heading Off to College

By Dawn Handschuh

If you’re like most 16-year-olds, you probably lost no time in getting your learner’s permit once you became eligible to do so. Learning to drive and getting your first car is practically a rite of passage these days.  Whether you saved money earned from doing odd jobs, got some help from mom and dad or took out a car loan, buying your first car was no doubt a high point in your life, signaling a newfound sense of freedom and independence.

Soon you’ll be headed off to college. While it may be tempting to bring your wheels with you, there are several compelling reasons not to.

The Eternal Classroom of the School of Hard Knocks

I’ve been to a few schools in my day, and I’ve graduated with a certificate or degree from all of them; except one. The School of Hard Knocks, or The School of Life, as it is also known, is a never-ending learning experience. Oh sure, I have learned many lessons from this school. A few are:

Never twirl with a monkey on your head,

Ignoring a problem doesn’t necessarily make it go away.

Ignoring a person may make them go away....

Writing Tips for College Students From One Who Knows

Although the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year is coming to an end, and at colleges and universities all across the country, term papers are getting their final touches, these writing tips are worth keeping in mind for now and always.

Dorm Room Decorating – Beyond Cookie Cutter

Decorating a new dorm room all your own (or half your own, half your roommate’s) can be exciting. The majority of college dorms start off with empty white, usually cinder-block, walls. This gives students the opportunity to be creative and colorful!

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