MEDIA RELEASE: Maine High School Grads Celebrated As Part of National Telecast Tonight


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May 16, 2020

Commissioner of Education Pender Makin is pleased to partner 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, commercial-free primetime graduation special to be broadcast today, Saturday, May 16. During the broadcast, viewers will be directed to XQ’s new Rethink Together online forum, which will feature specific content for each state, including an amazing congratulatory message from some special guests, and a map of Maine that includes all Maine high schools and the names of their anticipated graduates.

“While this graduation season is like no other, the Class of 2020 shares this experience with 13,800 of their classmates across the State of Maine” said Commissioner Makin. “I am happy to be a part of a national celebration that honors the successes, accomplishments, and resilience of our high school seniors.”

The national telecast will air on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific/7 p.m. Central 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 in celebrating the Class of 2020. Led by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the special is being 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 our nation’s most underserved and under-resourced communities.

Maine’s webpage can be found here, and be sure to check out the very special message on the page, or here.