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Ohio Department of Education Celebrates 2020 Graduates in Prime-time TV Special Saturday Night

Release date: 5/15/2020

Columbus, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Education is partnering with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and XQ Institute in support of Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a one-hour, nationally-broadcast commercial-free special to air Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m.
During the program, viewers will be directed to XQ’s new Rethink Together online forum, which features specific content for each state including a congratulatory message from Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and stories highlighting the resiliency and strength of students, teachers and schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No one wanted the past few weeks to unfold the way they did,” said Superintendent DeMaria. “But I’m confident because of these challenges, our graduates are better equipped to become a generation of compassionate, thoughtful and successful leaders.”
The Graduate Together telecast airs Saturday night on more than 30 broadcast and cable networks and streaming services, as well as various social media platforms. Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, joins a list of prominent leaders and entertainers who will celebrate the Class of 2020.
Led by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the special is produced in partnership with a broad coalition of education, philanthropic, and corporate partners. In addition, corporate and philanthropic giving associated with #GraduateTogether will benefit DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund to help meet student needs in some of the nation’s most underserved and under-resourced communities.
States’ involvement was coordinated through CCSSO.
The Ohio page at Rethink Together online forum features a video and stories from graduates at several locations across the state.
Journalists requiring additional information may contact:
Dan Minnich
Ohio Department of Education
(614) 728-5959