Tune in, contribute to nationally televised celebration of the class of 2020 on May 16


The coronavirus pandemic has brought a series of unprecedented challenges to people everywhere. One population experiencing the effects of social distancing is the class of 2020. Graduation will not be what many seniors envisioned at the start of the school year. However, just as there are unprecedented challenges, there is boundless creativity in our responses to them. To help celebrate graduating seniors, Ohio will be participating in a nationally televised event just for them. What’s more, seniors, families and educators are invited to submit stories they would like to see featured during the event.

The Council of Chief State School Officers is pleased to partner with XQ Institute on Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a one-hour, prime-time show that will pay a joyful tribute to high school seniors, their extraordinary teachers and their families. XQ is partnering with The LeBron James Family Foundation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and a broad coalition of education, philanthropic and corporate partners to develop this commercial-free special, airing on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. The show also will be available through partners such as Complex Networks, Facebook, Instagram, PEOPLE, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.

#GraduateTogether also offers a robust website and multiple opportunities for students, educators and families to engage digitally. Tune in and join us in honoring the class of 2020.

Visit Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 for more information, including how to participate and submit your stories.