DIGITAL GRADUATION TO AIR

With the Class of 2020 unlikely to be able to celebrate their graduation, a huge television special is being planned that will air on the big broadcast networks–ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC–and digital platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 will be broadcast commercial free Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Backed by Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the broadcast will include a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances, and inspirational vignettes.

Among those scheduled to appear are James, Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan “B-mike” Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai and others yet to be named.

#GraduateTogether will also be supporting the charitable work of DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund. DonorsChoose gives public school teachers working in high-need communities the opportunity to request the materials and resources their students need to keep learning. America’s Food Fund provides funding to hunger-relief organizations, ensuring students who rely on school-lunch programs still have safe, consistent access to meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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