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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!

Starting College…A Little Scary for Some

Moving away to college is tough – it can even be scary for some. For most, it is the first time leaving the comfort of home and it is the beginning of a brand new journey.

Who is your Hero? Honoring "The Man in the Red Bandanna" ~ September 11

What is a hero? Welles R. Crowther was a hero to many on September 11, 2001. Have you heard this remarkable story? On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, it is well worthwhile to see ESPN's video about Welles called the 'Man in the Red Bandanna.'

Sports Photo Scholarship Contest 2012 Finalists Know How to Celebrate Their Athletic Victories!

The Sports Photo Contest Finalists are announced. To enter this contest, students were asked to submit a celebratory sports photo that portrays the ‘true celebration of a sport.’ We received so many amazing sports photos it was hard to narrow down to just 11 Finalists. The voting period is open to July 26, 2012. The Finalists with the most votes win a $500 scholarship. Vote for your favorite sports photo. Help a student further their educational career.

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