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Featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis

Second annual full-day multiplatform event live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City


Broadcasters and Special Guests Campbell Brown, JuJu Chang, Harold Ford Jr, Jeff Greenfield, Bryant Gumbel, Mo Rocca Assif Mandvi, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Deborah Norville, Colin Powell, Mike Rowe, Ray Suarez, Mark Teixeira, Jay Thomas, Brian Williams and Others to Participate


For the second year in a row, American Graduate Day 2013, will premiere live this fall, Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon - 7 pm EST, on public media (check local public television station listings), marking a long term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources. 

American Graduate Day 2013 will once again be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Employing the same television broadcast format as last fall, American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon around critical themes, including Expanded Learning Time & After School Programs, Early Education, Mentoring, Career Readiness & College Completion, STEM Programs, Family Support, and Dropout Re-engagement & Prevention. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET, and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Within each of these half-hour blocks, local public media stations broadcasts will have the opportunity to customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment. 


Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with their local public television stations and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook.Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call the Toll free number on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.  


Interested in joining the American Graduate effort?  Sign up now to become an American Graduate Champion!




About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.



American Graduate Day 2013 Sponsors

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Hosts & Special Guests

Alma Powell

Alma Powell

Gen Colin Powell

Colin Powell

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Ray Suarez

Pat Harrison
Pat Harrison

Maria Hinajosa
Maria Hinojosa

Brian Williams
Brian Williams
JuJu Chang
JuJu Chang
Bryant Gumbel
Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira
Rebecca Jarvis
Susie Gharib
Bianna Golodryga
Christina Ha
Brian Stokes
Jon Secada

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