American Graduate Day 2016
American Graduate Day returned for its 5th year on Saturday, September 17, 2016 on public television stations across the country. Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, the four-hour national broadcast celebrated the individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation.
Celebrity guests and more than 25 nonprofit organizations across the country were featured as partners for American Graduate Day, with guests including Gen. and Mrs. Colin Powell, Shaquille O’Neal, and Rachel Platten, and organizations including My Brother’s Keeper, the Sparkle Effect, Sesame Street® and the Ad Council.
This year’s broadcast explored the power of mentorship through half-hour long segments on the following topics: Early Education, More and Better Learning, Special Needs Communities, STEAM, Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement, and College and Career Readiness.