Friday, May 1, 2020

Join Us in Celebrating this Year’s Graduates on Facebook

Source: National PTA One Voice Blog
This is a bittersweet time for the Class of 2020. As students head toward graduation, it’s not the day
they might have imagined — no processions, no diploma handoffs, no parties. They are commencing
at a time of great uncertainty. But graduating is a tremendous achievement, and worth pausing to
celebrate even in these circumstances.

So, May 15 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, Facebook will broadcast a National Graduation Celebration called #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. During this live
broadcast, a commencement address will be given by Oprah Winfrey. The ceremony will acknowledge
high school and college graduating classes in every state across the country. Many celebrities, including Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and more, will share words of wisdom for
the class of 2020. Miley Cyrus will do a special performance of her hit song, “The Climb.”

If you would like your graduates to be acknowledged on this broadcast,
submit a video or pictures using this portal by May 4. Facebook plans to acknowledge all schools
who have a submission.

As a PTA, you can submit your own video or you can work with your parents, teachers, students
and administration to submit one joint application with multiple videos. Use National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week posters for graduates and Zoom virtual meeting backgrounds to make
your video extra special! Check them out at PTA.org/ThankATeacher.

Here is how you can participate:

1. Record A Congratulatory Message For Your Graduating Class

This option is perfect for anyone to do! For example:
“Hi, I am <NAME> and I am a teacher at Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I want to give a special shout out to our 2020 graduating class.
Congratulations on this huge achievement, I’m so proud of you. Go Eagles!”
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Be creative, stand out and show your
school spirit!

 2. Cap & Gown Videos

This option is great for students! Coordinate with a group of your friends (your athletic teams,
cheer squad, choir team, chess team) and safely record a video of your cap toss with your
fellow graduates via a video service like Facebook Messenger or Zoom. For example:
“We are the Marina High School Cheerleaders from Huntington Beach, California – Go Vikings!”
Then toss your cap or your pom-poms. Don’t limit yourself! Be creative, unique and stand out.
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.

3. Thank You Videos

This option is perfect for PTAs!
Thank your favorite teacher, principal, faculty members, mentor or parent for getting you here,
to graduation. Be sincere and heartfelt in your thank yous.  Make it count and start off by saying
who you are and what school you are from.
The video should be approximately 15 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.

4. School Spirit Photos

Perfect for anyone, especially if you’re on a time crunch!
Just send in photos of yourself and pre-quarantine photos of your team/schoolmates in your
school colors, jerseys and hats.  Be creative and show your school spirit!

5. Record a Congratulatory Message for Your Graduating Senior

This option is perfect for very proud parents!
Share how proud you and your family are of your graduating senior and why. Show their photo
in the video if they are not there with you OR have them seated next to you if they are.  Show them
your love and support.
The video should be approximately 30 seconds in length. Keep in mind there should be no music,
no profanity and no branded logos outside of your school colors.
This year’s graduation will be different than other years, and no doubt memorable because of it.
We’re proud of our graduates for all they have achieved—congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Alyssa Montchal is a manager of programs and partnerships for National PTA.









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