With school closures extending to the end of the academic year due to COVID-19 restrictions, graduating seniors must forego traditional events in large assemblies and ceremonies in crowded auditoriums with fellow classmates. That does not mean, however, that students will not be honored or their achievements go unrecognized.
Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Rhode Island PBS, in association with Coast 93.3, are partnering to present a statewide graduation celebration to honor some 9,000 Rhode Island high school seniors. The star-studded show will also feature local and national celebrities - but none more important than our high school seniors themselves.
Making Your Year Yours
Graduating seniors are invited to be part of the broadcast by submitting short one-minute videos of favorite memories from senior year, including a memorable sports play, theatrical performance, cheerleading, debate, homecoming. Videos may also capture how students have been coping with COVID-19 quarantine at home. Students are invited to be creative and have fun with this “assignment”!
In addition, seniors are invited to enter a singing competition by recording themselves singing a favorite song. The recording must be appropriate for broadcast and less than four minutes long. The videos will be judged and the top three performances will be included in the broadcast.
Please scroll to read the instructions for submitting videos.
We Are Here for You
Viola Davis, winner of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, will deliver the keynote address. Billy Gilman, two-time Grammy Award nominee and runner-up on The Voice, will perform his single, “Soldier.” Erika Van Pelt, a top-10 contestant on American Idol, will sing the National Anthem.
As of press time, other celebrities who will offer best wishes are veteran broadcast journalist and television personality Meredith Vieira, Olympic swimming medalist Elizabeth Beisel, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2020 Sofia Ledoux, and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Speakers include the Governor, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, RI House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and RI Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio.
Where and When to Find Your Year 2020
Your Year 2020 will be televised Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (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). The special will also be streamed live online at ripbs.org/stream, and simulcast on Coast 933 WSNE-FM. Your Year 2020 will encore on Coast 93.3 Sunday, June 21 at noon, and on the iHeart App as a podcast.
How to Submit a Video for Your Year 2020
Videos should be no more than one minute but no less than 10 seconds. Please film your video HORIZONTALLY, not vertically. Click here to upload your video or photos. Please note the deadline for submissions is May 29, 2020, at NOON. Please sign the Consent and Release Form here for your video to be included. If you are under age 18, your parent must also sign.
How to Enter the Singing Competition
Please record yourself singing your favorite song and upload it here. Please note the deadline for submissions is May 29, 2020, at NOON. Please record your video HORIZONTALLY, not vertically. Please sign the Consent and Release Form here for your video to be included. If you are under age 18, your parent must also sign.
About the Show
Your Year 2020 is presented by WSBE Rhode Island PBS in partnership with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and in association with media partner Coast 93.3 WSNE-FM, Providence.
- Each video submission should be 60 seconds or LESS with a minimum length of 10 seconds
- Each video submission for the Singing Competition should be 4 minutes or LESS
- Please make sure you film your video HORIZONTALLY, not vertically
- Please make sure your phone or camera is shooting at its best quality
- Please upload videos at full size and resolution to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Don't forget to sign and submit the RELEASE FORM for each video submitted
- Video entries will be accepted through May 29 at Noon