Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Students Included Among Seniors Honored in Saturday’s Broadcast of America Honors the High School Class of 2020

For Immediate Release — May 15, 2020 | HQ

ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 15, 2020 — The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and XQ Institute have partnered in support of Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a one-hour, commercial-free primetime graduation special to be broadcast on Saturday, May 16. During the broadcast, viewers will be directed to XQ’s new Rethink Together online forum, which will feature specific content for each state, and stories highlighting the resiliency and strength of students, teachers and schools amid the pandemic.

The Rethink Together online forum will include three feature stories from DoDEA schools overseas.

The opportunity to include all states and DoDEA in showcasing the Class of 2020 was coordinated by the CCSSO.

The national telecast will air on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and 7 p.m. Central on more than 30 broadcast/ cable networks and streaming services, as well as various social media platforms. Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, joins a list of prominent leaders and entertainers in celebrating the Class of 2020. Led by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the special is being produced in partnership with a broad coalition of graduating seniors.

DoDEA Director Tom Brady, who oversees 41 high schools serving military-connected students around the world, expressed his pride in the accomplishments of our graduating seniors:

“Our graduates of the DoDEA Class of 2020 have accomplished something remarkable in this most unprecedented moment in time. While they didn’t ask the distinction of completing their year and graduating virtually, they have shown incredible resilience in facing the challenges of this global pandemic. In many ways, these past months of “social distancing” and digital learning have been just another in a long line of challenges military-connected students have faced, adapted to, and overcome. Their future is bright!”

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

Decision Day 2020

Josh Sawyer, a senior at Kadena High School, completed the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Academy Scholarship program at Delaware State University. Watch his story here! #DoDEADecisionDay