With an outpouring of support from across Rhode Island and beyond, Your Year 2020 brings Rhode Island’s high school seniors the heartfelt congratulations they deserve. In a star-studded celebration filled with joyful moments from a senior year abruptly cut short for some 9,000 graduating seniors, Your Year 2020 salutes the Class of 2020.
Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Rhode Island PBS, in association with Coast 93.3, partnered to make Your Year 2020 a memorable event.
The show includes graduates in video and photo montages of special moments from senior year. Top three finalists (four – there was a tie) in a singing competition are also showcased in the broadcast, and the winner announced at the end of the show. Plus, highlights of speeches by class valedictorians across the state inspire classmates – all viewers.
Erika Van Pelt, a top-10 contestant on American Idol, opens the show by singing the National Anthem. Governor Raimondo, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, RI House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and RI Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio deliver greetings and good wishes.
Viola Davis, winner of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, delivers an inspiring keynote message to seniors in her hometown Ocean State from her location in the Golden State, California.
Billy Gilman, two-time Grammy Award nominee and runner-up on The Voice, performs his latest hit single, “Soldier.”
Local and national celebrities offering their best wishes and congratulations to the Class of 2020 include veteran broadcast journalist and television personality Meredith Vieira, Olympic swimming medalist Elizabeth Beisel, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, running back James White, quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2020 Sofia Ledoux, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi (“Somebody You Loved”), and more.
The show culminates in a spectacular, synchronized performance by more than 50 musicians from high school marching bands across the state – each from his or her own home – playing the traditional graduation march, Pomp and Circumstance.
Students, parents, grandparents, family, and friends can listen to show anytime using the iHeartRadio App. An audio encore airs on Coast 93.3 on Sunday, June 21 at noon, and televised on WSBE Rhode Island PBS and streamed at ripbs.org/stream at 2 p.m.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air in high definition on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD in MA; DirecTV 36, Dish Network 36.