GRADUATE TOGETHER: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 celebrated the more than 3 million high school seniors across the country who missed their graduation due to Covid-19.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation, XQ Institute, and the LeBron James Family Foundation hosted a Peabody-nominated, one-hour primetime special that aired across ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, and streamed on multiple platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, PEOPLE, and YouTube.
As the Covid-19 crisis prompted the canceling of high school graduation ceremonies across the country, the nation’s biggest media companies joined forces to host a joyful tribute to the Class of 2020. All four major broadcast networks and leading social media and streaming platforms simulcast the one-hour primetime special on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 8p ET/PT, 7p CT, honoring the more than 3 million high school seniors across the country. Curated by high school students and educators throughout the country, with the support of the American Federation of Teachers, this commercial-free broadcast included a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances, and inspirational vignettes. The televised event also featured a breakaway at the end of the show, offering hundreds of local affiliates the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and resilience of high school students in their local communities.
Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 was nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award, recognizing it as some of the most compelling and empowering content released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2020.