American Graduate Day
Airs Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV
“American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” is a public media initiative – supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success. AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY is an unprecedented full-day broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves. Each half hour will feature a 23 minute segment about a national organization working to keep kids on track and in schools.
Viewers will be able to participate in the broadcast by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the #AmGrad hashtag and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call in at 800-313-2477or log on to AmericanGraduate.org to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns. American Graduate is on Pinterest.
The event will feature 20 national organizations that are working with local public media stations to help young people stay in school and on track for on-time graduation, segments about local community groups, compelling stories from students themselves, and highlights from PBS national and local content – from PBS NewsHour and Need To Know to Jim Glassman’s "Ideas in Action" and "Tavis Smiley Reports: Too Important To Fail." The broadcast will also include the premiere of a new student film from Reel Works Teen Filmmaking and a preview of the upcoming FRONTLINE documentary, "Dropout Nation."
Maria Bartiromo (anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo), JuJu Chang (ABC News correspondent), Rehema Ellis (NBC Nightly News education correspondent), Susie Gharib (PBS Nightly Business Report co-anchor), Maria Hinojosa (Need To Know host), Stone Phillips (PBS NewsHour contributor), Bianna Golodryga (Good Morning America Weekend co-anchor), Rebecca Jarvis (host of CBS This Morning: Saturday), Bryant Gumbel (host of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel), and Ray Suarez (PBS NewsHour host), among others, will host the national television broadcast.
Celebrities taking part in the event include musician Carmine Appice; New York Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty; actor Tia Carrere; ballerina Misty Copeland; educator/author Erin Gruwell; actor Bridget Moynahan; former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Darrin Smith; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira; actor Courtney Vance; NBC Nightly News anchor and Rock Center host Brian Williams; host and producer of Bloomberg EDU Jane Williams; philanthropist Elaine Wynn; and many more.
Additionally, actor Denzel Washington, singer John Legend, entrepreneur/philanthropist Russell Simmons, and actor Tony Danza will be featured in taped interviews discussing the dropout problem.