This time of the year is so special as students celebrate the great accomplishment of graduating from educational programs that will enhance their lives and provide a brighter future. This is why GED Grad Day was created – to celebrate the accomplishments of recent GED Grads. Since many grads do not get a chance to walk across a stage, this is our way of applauding and honoring their hard work. Before COVID, Grad Day was a one-day social media event. We scheduled posts to celebrate grads, share their stories, and create social buzz throughout the day. Once COVID hit, Grad Day became Grad Week. We spread the social posts throughout the week in hopes that a week-long campaign would help drive engagement.

In 2023 we returned to Grad Day and had our first-ever virtual commencement ceremony. We also turned Grad Day into an awareness campaign that targets prospective and current learners to use Grad Day as a target date to complete their GED. Last year, I was honored to make opening remarks and was moved by our commencement speaker Dr. Rolundus R. Rice, and by our inspiring grads, Fina, Katie, and Gabriel. At the height of the stream, we had over 700 people join us live. Since then, the recording has had over 16.5k views between Facebook and YouTube.

This year we are delighted to again livestream the ceremony on our Facebook Graduates Community Group. Please share this information with your students so they can join us and celebrate the many GED graduates this year. You will not want to miss it – this Friday, May 17, 2024 at 1 PM ET on our Facebook Graduates Community Group. You still have time to submit a shoutout to one of your students or remind them to recognize a Class of 2024 grad on this year’s Wall of Love: The Wall of Love will be shared publicly on Grad Day.

If GED Grad Day wasn’t exciting enough, we will also launch our new podcast, Education UnplugGED, this Friday, May 17! I will host the podcast and will be interviewing grads, educators, and companies to share success stories and spread the word about the GED credential. Our first episode features Kellie Blair Hardt – GED grad, math tutor, and GED Testing Service board member. Bookmark this page and check back on Friday for the first episode!