The 2020 graduation season in the time of COVID-19 looked a little bit different than years past. This year’s graduates will not cross a physical stage, hear from a commencement speaker, or toss their caps in the air with their peers. But the class of 2020, with the support of millions of caring adults, worked hard for this milestone and America’s Promise celebrated with them and honor their commencement with a month-long social media campaign. 

We wrote letters to the class of 2020! SSL

Our partners shared words of advice and wisdom. Some shared a picture or a video expressing their excitement for the class of 2020, and some acknowledged that COVID-19 has changed this moment but it cannot change what came before and what comes next. 

America's Promise Alliance, ASCD, Learning Heroes, and MENTOR celebrated the high school class of 2020 by sharing those messages using #Letters2Grads on social media! From May 17 – June 17, we shared well-wishes for the class of 2020. Caring adults could write to graduates or groups of graduates they knew or cared about.  

Thank you to all of the partners and caring adults who joined in this campaign. We hope that the graduates in the class of 2020 felt comforted and cared for during this time. You can read the letters and social posts we collected below. 

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Share in the fun on Facebook by:

Add a #Letters2Grads frame to your Facebook profile picture to show your support for the Class of 2020. Here's how you can help: 

  1. Visit Facebook’s profile frame tool. 
  2. Make sure you’re logged in to Facebook. 
  3. Search “Letters2Grads” in the search box. 
  4. Click on the Letters2Grads frame 
  5. Click “Change Picture” 

About The GradNation Campaign

The GradNation Campaign is a national campaign that aims to increase the national graduation rate to 90 percent and put millions more young people on the path to adult success.

To propel us toward the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate for all students, the GradNation Campaign brings national attention to the high school graduation rate challenge and what is needed to continue to meet our goal. We do this by guiding the field towards coordinated action through our GradNation Action Platform and leveraging research and data to identify youth and places to accelerate progress. The campaign is comprised of four co-conveners – America’s Promise Alliance, Civic, Everyone Graduates Center, and Alliance for Excellent Education – and a core partner group of fifteen national organizations. 

If you have questions, comments, about this initiative, please email [email protected].