Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020

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Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020
Graduate Together logo.jpg
GenreBenefit performance[1]
Created by
Presented byLeBron James
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Spanish
Production
Executive producer(s)LeBron James
Brian Gott
Production location(s)Virtual
Running time57 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorXQ Institute
Release
Original networkmulti-network simulcast
Original releaseMay 16, 2020 (2020-05-16)

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 is an American television special that was simulcasted on the major television networks and online on May 16, 2020. Created by the XQ Institute, the LeBron James Family Foundation, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the special was curated by basketball player LeBron James in collaboration with high school students and educators across the United States, including the American Federation of Teachers. The broadcast included a variety of commencement addresses, celebrity performances and inspirational vignettes aimed at high school students, whose graduation ceremonies and proms were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, due to it causing the closure of most schools worldwide.[2][3]

Appearances[edit]

Celebrities[edit]

Students[edit]

Name School Location
Priscilla Arceo Santa Ana High School Orange County, California
Justin "Jwalt" Walton Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, California
Ervin Odom Akron Early College High School Akron, Ohio
Shelbie Rash Skyline High School Mesa, Arizona
Jordan Lewis Washington High School Phoenix, Arizona
Halah Berglin Williams Field High School Gilbert, Arizona
Kayla Diaz Franklin High School
Johnny Corte Saguaro High School Scottsdale, Arizona
Mason Whitaker Ironwood Ridge High School Oro Valley, Arizona
Parker Fowler Greenway High School Phoenix, Arizona
Morgann Kelly Desert Vista High School Phoenix, Arizona
Lauren Grimm Thunderbird High School Phoenix, Arizona
Caleb Fearing Mojave High School North Las Vegas, Nevada
Christian Johnson Ron Brown College Preparatory High School Washington, D.C.
Ian Coursey Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Olney, Maryland

Performances[edit]

Artist(s) Song(s)
Students of the Class of 2020 "Star-Spangled Banner"
Dua Lipa "Break My Heart"
Ben Platt
Henry Platt
Jonah Platt
Graduation Medley
"Memories"
"In My Life"
"See You Again"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
Alicia Keys "Underdog"
Chika
Brandan "Bmike" Odums
"Crown"
H.E.R. "Sometimes"
YBN Cordae "Broke as Fuck"
Jonas Brothers
Karol G
"X"

Broadcast[edit]

The special was simulcasted on May 16, 2020 at 8pm EST on the major U.S. broadcast television networks ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.[2] It was also simulcasted on television networks California Music Channel and The CW, on Spanish-language network Univision, and on cable networks CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, Freeform, and MSNBC.[1][4] It was also available for streaming in platforms such as ABC News Live, Associated Press, Bleacher Report, Complex Networks, Facebook, FoxNow, Hulu, Instagram, NBC News Now, NowThis News, PeopleTV, The Roku Channel, Roland Martin Unfiltered, Reuters, Sirius XM, Snapchat, TikTok, USO, The Washington Post, and YouTube.[3][1][4]

Viewership[edit]

United States[edit]

Network Viewers
(million)[5]
ABC 2.233
NBC 2.203
MSNBC 2.003
CNN 1.879
CBS 1.836
FNC 0.977
Fox 0.659
The CW 0.367
Freeform 0.211

     Broadcast network

     Cable network

Total Viewership = 14.674

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "GRADUATE TOGETHER: AMERICA HONORS THE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020, A Graduation Tribute to Our Nation's High School Seniors, to Air Saturday, May 16 at 8 P.M. ET/PT, 7 P.M. CT". April 30, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "LeBron James to honor Class of 2020 with all-star event". Education Week. New York NY. Associated Press. April 30, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Tapp, Tom (April 30, 2020). "LeBron James Leading Live All-Star 'Graduate Together' Tribute To Class Of 2020 Airing As Primetime TV Special". Deadline. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b King, John Paul (May 14, 2020). "America's Class of 2020 to 'Graduate Together' in special broadcast event". Los Angeles Blade. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 19, 2020). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.16.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 19, 2020.

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