Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020
Life is all about the journey. Growing through phases, building relationships, learning lessons and pursuing milestones. And it is the celebration of each step that keeps us going on the journey together.
During this time of crisis, that together in-person piece is not possible. Something is missing. Just like in public education – without the social-emotional and family-first approach that our students and families need, something was missing. We do our best every day to fill in those gaps for our families through hands-on programming and wraparound supports at the I PROMISE School and throughout the I PROMISE program. And now, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
This year, many students across the country have worked most of their lives for the moment they can put on a cap and gown and walk across a stage towards a diploma they’ve dedicated their lives to earning. It’s a culmination of over a decade of hard work and determination. It’s a moment in time and a milestone meant to be celebrated.
Along with some of the nation’s most prominent leaders, entertainers and educators, LeBron will be part of a nation-wide event hosted by The LeBron James Family Foundation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and XQ Institute to pay tribute to the Class of 2020 in a one-hour multimedia special, Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020, on Saturday, May 16 that will air across all broadcast networks and social media and streaming platforms including Facebook, People TV, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube.
“We learned early on in our work with students and families in Akron that education is so much more than academics. It’s about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together – students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them. With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time,” said LeBron James. “These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized. While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it.”
The I PROMISE students in Akron live by the commitment that Nothing is given. Everything is earned. And these students, parents and educators earned this moment.
We can’t wait to be a part of this unique, national celebration of the power of education.