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Michigan State University holding virtual ceremonies for fall 2020 graduates

EAST LANSING, MI — All commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University for fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually, the university announced Thursday.

More than 2,600 graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at commencement ceremonies that will be streamed on the MSU commencement website, according to a university release. The names of graduates will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud of these students for not only completing their degrees but doing so under such difficult circumstances,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is fitting to have three highly accomplished alumni serving as our keynote speakers. They remind us of the impact we can have on the world as Spartans.”

Scheduling for spring 2021 commencement is currently being developed, according to the commencement website. Details will be posted in late January, according to the website.

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Spring semester classes will remain virtual at Huston-Tillotson University due to coronavirus pandemic

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Citing ongoing health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, classes for the upcoming spring semester will remain virtual for students at Huston-Tillotston University in Austin.

The university’s president and CEO, Colette Pierce Burnette, made that announcement Monday in a letter sent to the school community. She wrote that the university based its decision on scientific advice about the expected surge in cases and deaths as well as the anticipated release of a vaccine for the general public next year.

“The safety and health of the entire campus community remain paramount as our top priority,” Pierce Brunette wrote. “Please understand that the decision to be fully online was by no means an easy one. Unfortunately, the key factors leading to our decision for the fall term are still prevalent, and in some cases, even more daunting. Continuing with fully online teaching and learning is the best decision for our

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Inside American Express’s virtual mentorship program that’s helping low-income teens get into and pay for college



a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva


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Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s

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Inside the Amex virtual mentorship program helping low-income students

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s enjoying his classes and making new friends. On top of that, he’s proud to have secured more than $30,000 in scholarships. 

It’s all a success he wasn’t sure

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McCallum Theatre Education offers high-quality virtual programming for students

Yellow school buses no longer line up outside the McCallum Theatre to offload hundreds of students eager to experience high-quality dance, music and theater. But in true theater tradition, the show must go on.



a group of people on a stage: A scene from the video performance of "The Planets," a virtual event produced by McCallum Theatre Education.


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A scene from the video performance of “The Planets,” a virtual event produced by McCallum Theatre Education.

Vice President of Education at McCallum Theatre, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, said: “Facing the restrictions of the pandemic has motivated us to creatively continue our mission of making the arts available and accessible to the youth in the area. We want to move students into creative problem-solving and self-expression through the Aesthetic Education Program.” She credits the long-term relationships with 25 school program partners for the ability to deliver the virtual instruction that will reach 91 classrooms before the holidays and many more thereafter.

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Alongside the 33 classroom teachers,

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Fairfield University Bookstore hosting free virtual author talks

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s Virtual Production of CHESS Premieres This Weekend

Illinois Wesleyan University's Virtual Production of CHESS Premieres This Weekend

Illinois Wesleyan University’s virtual production of Chess begins streaming this weekend on Friday, November 20 at 7:30pm and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Chess stars Lizzie Maguire as Florence, Matthew Fecko as Anatoly, Andy Jump as Freddie, Michael T. Votaw as Molokov, Dylan Holt as Arbiter, Mike Jostes as Walter, Cheron Whittley as Svetlana, Trey Ehrhart as Gregor, Darian Conn as Nikita, Jared Garner as Harold, and Josie Corraro as Jo. The ensemble features Angie Cornwell, Megan Boggs, Bryant Cobb, William Dusek, Jacqueline Galliano, Erika Harper, Jacob Nuti, Maura Pawelko, Ryann Piker, Kameron Roberts, and Joe Storti.

Check out rehearsal footage from the production below!

Chess is one of many productions to be streamed at the University. Future shows include Mary Jane by Amy Herzog, Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, and Songs for a New

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Orland Dancer, Dances In Virtual Gala At The University Of Iowa

ORLAND PARK, IL — The COVID-19 pandemic has halted many longtime traditions this year at the University of Iowa, but the universities department of dance did not allow it stop the 39th edition of its Dance Gala, according to a news release.

The university said the Dance Gala maintained its high level of professionalism and artistry, but with a slightly different viewing experience. Instead of watching at Hancher Auditorium or Space Place Theater, audiences tuned in online to watch more than 35 students bring to life works created by six Department of Dance faculty members, according to the university.

Maggie Ogorman, an undergraduate student at Iowa majoring in Dance from Orland Park, was one of the students who participated in Dance Gala 2020. Ogorman performed in choreographer Armando Duarte’s “Anemones, 600 feet under 6 feet apart,” according to the release.

The performance can be seen below, along with all other

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How A Top Professional Speaker Pivoted Into A High-Revenue Virtual Career He Runs From The Countryside In Scotland

Many professional speakers found their businesses wilting when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. James Taylor’s is thriving. He’s broken seven-figure revenue in his business, which he runs with his wife. Unable to log the 300,000 miles of air travel he did last year in 2020, he made a smooth transition to operating virtually that helped him reorganize his business in profitable new ways.

Today, Taylor speaks to business audiences about topics such as “SuperCreativity,” the subject of a book he wrote, and innovation from his home studio in a bucolic town near Edinburgh, Scotland. Sheep graze outside of his window.

Taylor started his career as a professional keynote in 2017, after a career as a manager and agent for a number of Grammy-Award winning artists. He had grown up in a family of musicians—his father and grandfather are jazz musicians—become a jazz drummer himself, and married an award-winning jazz singer, Alison

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Students take virtual campus tour of Kent State University at drive in theaters (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Coronavirus canceled college campus tours, but Kent State University decided to take college admissions the route of movies and stand-up comedy — to the drive-in.



a person riding on the back of a car: Kent State University mascot Flash the Golden Eagle greets cars at the Aut-O-Rama drive in before a movie for future students, giving them a virtual tour of the campus.


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Kent State University mascot Flash the Golden Eagle greets cars at the Aut-O-Rama drive in before a movie for future students, giving them a virtual tour of the campus.



a sign above a store: Future Kent State University students were invited to the Aut-O-Rama drive to watch a virtual tour of the campus.


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Future Kent State University students were invited to the Aut-O-Rama drive to watch a virtual tour of the campus.

North Ridgeville’s Aut-O-Rama drew 150 families to watch campus tours and a movie about the admissions process, despite frigid temperatures and snow dusting the region. This is the fourth drive-in event for Kent State admissions, and the first in Northeast Ohio. The next will be Thursday in Chardon.

The drive-in admissions event brought in nearly 200 families in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo,

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