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Broadcasters Across the Country Shine the Spotlight on 2020 Graduates

Broadcasters Across the Country Shine the Spotlight on 2020 Graduates

June 3, 2020

Local broadcasters across the country are giving the class of 2020 the graduation celebrations they can’t have in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From airing senior spotlights to streaming virtual ceremonies, local stations are making sure students in their communities are celebrated.

Washington, D.C.’s WJLA Hosts Virtual Graduation for Local Students

WJLA-TV Washington, D.C., hosted a virtual graduation ceremony for seniors in Prince George’s County schools on May 30. The ceremony included a graduation address from actress Taraji P. Henson, an alumna of Oxon Hill High School. Along with the award-winning film and television actress, the celebration featured community leaders, celebrities and school administrators with special music and congratulatory messages.

Wisconsin’s WHTQ-FM Airs Shout Outs

WHTQ-FM Wasau put out a call for listeners to submit dedications to 2020 graduates. Throughout the month of May, the station aired those shout outs on air and online.

Texas' KTAB Salutes Seniors

Abilene's KTAB collected photos of 2020 graduates and posted them to a gallery on the station’s website.

Louisville’s WHAS Airs Senior Shout Outs

WHAS made sure 2020 seniors still got a special event. The stations aired shout outs submitted by family and friends every day at 6 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

South Carolina’s WOLO Collects Senior Portraits

Columbia’s WOLO called for students to submit their senior photos to be posted to a gallery on the station’s website.

Vermont’s WKVT Posts Senior Spotlights

Brattleboro’s WKVT rounded up photos and short bios of local graduates and displayed the gallery on their website.

Norfolk’s WTKR Gathers Senior Salutes

WTKR in Norfolk, Va., posted salutes that included fun facts about 2020 graduates and some of their proudest accomplishments.

Tampa’s WFLA Honors Seniors

WFLA Tampa collected photos and posted graduates’ plans for the future on their website, ensuring Tampa Bay seniors got the spotlight they deserved.

Jacksonville's WJXT Airs 42 High School Graduation Ceremonies

Beginning on May 16, WJXT began airing the commencement ceremonies of 42 local high schools. Bob Ellis, general manager of Graham Media’s independent WJXT, said he felt compelled to do something to help “fill the emptiness so many people felt at having to stay home and have those graduations cancelled. It seemed a natural to go and figure out how to make it happen.”

Hawaii News Now Airs Graduations

KGMB and KHNL Honolulu broadcast the creative ways local high schools celebrated their seniors’ graduations.

Your local broadcasters are on the front lines providing critical support to their communities, even as they struggle from a steep decline in advertising revenue. Read more stories about broadcasters’ public service at BroadcastPublicService.org.

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