American Graduate Day

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American Graduate Day 2014

American Graduate Day 2014 ended triumphantly on Saturday, successfully recognizing 2,761,210 American Graduate Champions working with partner organizations across the country to keep kids on the path to graduation! American Graduate Day 2014 kicked off with an array of special launch events the week prior, including a mayoral proclamation from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, the ringing of the NYSE Closing Bell in honor of the day, and a media event and discussion with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (podcast on BloombergEDU) where key education partners announced new commitments in support of children totaling more than $84 million. (Press Release)

The week’s festivities culminated with the seven-hour broadcast live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center on Saturday, September 27, 2014, highlighting how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools to promote higher graduation rates. The programming themes were Early Education, Caring Consistent Adults, More and Better Learning, Special Needs Communities, STEAM Programs, Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement and College and Career Readiness. Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a long-term commitment by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public media to raise graduation rates to 90% by 2020, the third annual event was the most successful to date, with national carriage for the broadcast at 84% of U.S. households – up from 66% in 2012 and 73% in 2013.

Hosted by best-selling author, U.S. Army combat veteran, and youth advocate Wes Moore, American Graduate Day 2014 featured a full roster of special guests, performances, live remotes, video profiles and other programs all celebrating the individuals and groups doing exceptional work in communities around the country in order to help youth stay on the path to graduation.

But it doesn’t end here! Check out the social media recap of the day, explore the American Graduate Day resource collection on PBS LearningMedia, and then keep the conversation going by using #AmGrad and visiting View stories of other Champions across the nation on the American Graduate YouTube page.

View more pictures from our outdoor photo booth at the American Graduate Facebook page.