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American Graduate Day is returning for its 5th year on Saturday, September 17, 2016 streaming live from Tisch WNET Studios in NYC from 2pm-6pm ET and on public television stations across the country (check your local listings).  Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, the four-hour national broadcast will celebrate the individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. American Graduate Day is the culminating event of Spotlight Education– a special week of primetime education-themed programming on PBS beginning September 12, 2016.

Celebrity guests and more than 25 nonprofit organizations across the country will be 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 will explore 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.

Throughout the day, viewers will be encouraged to engage with #AmGrad on Facebook and Twitter, and to go online and become an American Graduate Champion by being a mentor.

Tune in to American Graduate Day on September 17, 2016 and join us as we celebrate the Champions who are keeping students on the path to graduation!  

 

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2016 Hosts and Guests

Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien
Juju Chang
Juju Chang
Sheba Turk
Sheba Turk
Susie Gharib
Susie Gharib
Rehema Ellis
Rehema Ellis
Colin Powell
General Colin Powell
Alma Powell
Alma Powell
Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
Anthony K. Shriver
Anthony K. Shriver
Reshanda Grey
Reshanda Grey
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
Mark Messier
Mark Messier