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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Higher Ed: Commencement Reflections

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Caps and gowns ... diplomas... speeches... parties... and anxieties about what's next. It's commencement season, and thousands of higher education graduates across the country are packing up their dorm rooms and embarking on the next stage of life. In this week's episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger reflect on what commencement means and discuss what most students actually take away from their college experiences. It may not be exactly what you'd expect - listen on.

This is the time of year when graduates and their families and friends are listening to advice dispensed in commencement speeches on campuses across the country. In this week's episode, Ed offers his reflections on how he hopes the higher education experience will have impacted students. Ed and Jennifer also remember their own college graduations and puzzle through the solution to last episode's math puzzler about journalists. Did Jennifer get the count right? Listen to find out if she graduated to the next level.

This episode was recorded April 6, 2015.

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.