Archive for June, 2012


Commencing to Graduate

Many schools and universities hold graduation ceremonies (also known as commencement ceremonies) annually, beginning in the month of June. Donning a cap – the square mortarboard with tassel, derived from 16th century Scottish headgear – and a gown – very fashionable in late medieval Europe – isn’t what it’s all about when it comes to graduation. To most graduates, receiving a well earned degree, diploma, or certificate is an important rite of passage into a new phase of their lives. Who Graduates From School? Eligible students can participate in commencement ceremonies in pre-school and kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school, college or university, trade school, private school, military academy Click to Read more…

Save a Life – Adopt

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month in the United States. Adopting a cat (or dog) from your local shelter or rescue group will not only save a life, but provide you with the companionship and love only a pet can give. According to the American Humane Society, every year during “kitten season” – that means spring and early summer, like now – thousands of newborn kittens flood already crowded shelters. Before you consider adopting a kitten, here are a few things to do to help ensure Fluffy’s new home is kitten proof (and also puppy proof): Put electric and power cords out of reach. If not possible, paint the Click to Read more…

Grand Old Flag

Annually on June 14th, Americans celebrate Flag Day – date established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, though not as an official federal holiday – which commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. “We take the stars from heaven,¬†the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.” — Attributed to George Washington A celebration in honor of the U.S. flag first took place in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the suggestion of George Morris, who asked that the occasion be used Click to Read more…

Father’s Day FAQ

Since July 19, 1910, when the state of Washington’s governor proclaimed the first Father’s Day in the United States – it would finally become a national federal holiday under President Richard Nixon in 1972 – Americans have celebrated a special day just for Dads. “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” —–Johann Schiller Father’s Day takes place annually on the third Sunday in June (in 2012, this is June 17). Enjoy some facts and figures about this special holiday in this¬†Father’s Day FAQ. In the 1920s, a movement began to abolish Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in favor of a single holiday, Click to Read more…