Darlene Grant, right, and her daughter, Danielle, 24, both look forward to graduation ceremonies Saturday at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Mother and daughter, both education majors, will be getting degrees together. Darlene says that her departed mother, Madeline Richards, who dropped out of high school, “will be in the front row cheering us.” Richards’ picture hangs on the wall behind them.
Graduation story ideas from the Society for Features Journalism:
-- Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go” made it onto the Wall Street Journal’s best-sellers list this month, likely because of the proud parents and grandparents giving the books to recent grads. What other trinkets have been popular grad gifts in years past? How do such trends reflect the economy or quality of life grads are entering into?
-- Are parents happy for their grads, or more worried about their futures?
-- The Graduation Cards app helps you customize a card for your high school graduate and then send it to their smart phone. Good for the tech-savvy and the environmentally-minded. What other grad-info links can you compile in an online package with your local class photos and rosters?