As the 2020 school year comes to an end, and graduation season gets into full swing, folks across the state, and the nation for that matter, are trying to find ways to make this year's festivities special. Physical distancing measures put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has meant many schools have had to adjust their plans for in-person graduation ceremonies this year. But that's not stopping folks from working together to bring Seniors together, even if virtually, to mark this special occasion!

Maine's Department of Education is reaching out to the Class of 2020, extending an invitation for Maine Seniors to celebrate with other Seniors across the Nation in a National Graduation Ceremony to be aired this weekend on network television! "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" is what it's being called, and it will air, commercial free, across all the major television networks, on multiple social media platforms and on YouTube this weekend. 

In a press release put out by the MDOE, Maine grads are encouraged to submit their Senior Stories and help create content for the event.

"The Class of 2020 is redefining high school graduation with a first-of-its-kind national ceremony. So get ready to go big while you’re at home—because this one-hour primetime national graduation celebration is all about YOU. Learn more about how you can participate by sending in your photo, story, speech, words of wisdom and more! " 

This is a joint effort put on by multiple organizations including the Council of Chiefs State School Officers (CCSSO) and  XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and a broad coalition of education, philanthropic, and corporate partnering with the Maine Department of Education.

It will air Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m.