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American Graduate Day

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American Graduate Day 2014

American Graduate Day 2014 ended triumphantly on Saturday, boasting 2,761,210 American Graduate Champions on board to work with kids across the country to keep them on the path to success! American Graduate Day 2014 kicked off with an array of special launch events last week including a media event and discussion with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a mayoral proclamation from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the ringing of the NYSE Closing Bell in honor of the day.

The week’s festivities culminated in 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 – nearly tripling its goal for new American Graduate Champions!

Hosted by best-selling author, 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! Be sure to continue to viewing and sharing stories of inspiration and success by using #AmGrad and by visiting

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