American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is public media’s long-term commitment, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB,) to address the dropout crisis and to build community capacity to meet the national priority of improving graduation rates. Public media’s national and local content, town halls, digital and community engagement, classroom resources and teacher professional development are inspiring citizens to get involved and become American Graduate Champions, the caring adults who very often make the difference in a young person’s life.


Nationally, public media is working with General Colin and Alma Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center, and The Alliance for Excellent Education, as part of the Building A Grad Nation project.


The Building a Grad Nation 2017 report found that the high school graduation rate reached a record 83.2 percent in 2015. Each year since American Graduate was launched in 2011, the high school graduation rate has risen.

American Graduate aligns public media assets on air, online and in the community to help young people succeed for themselves, our communities and for our country. Over 100 American Graduate public media stations work with more than 1,700 partners across the country among those doing their part in communities to improve student outcomes.

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*July 2014-May 2016; all other data are from May 1, 2011, to May 31, 2016.

A 2013 study conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center found that American Graduate has succeeded in building community capacity to address America’s high school dropout crisis,to raise awareness of the issue and to highlight proven solutions.

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