Bringing a Little Pomp to These Circumstances

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 10, 2020) – On Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m., join Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Rhode Island PBS, in association with Coast 93.3, for Your Year 2020, a statewide graduation celebration to honor some 9,000 Rhode Island high school seniors. The star-studded show will feature members of the Class of 2020 as well as local and national celebrities.


Making Your Year Yours


The show include graduates in short videos of their favorite memorable moments from senior year. Top finalists in a singing competition among graduating seniors will also be included in the broadcast and the winner announced at the end of the show. Plus, highlights of speeches by class valedictorians will inspire classmates, and more than 50 musicians in high school marching bands across the state will perform the traditional graduation march, Pomp and Circumstance.


We Are Here for You


Viola Davis, winner of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, will deliver the keynote commencement 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.


Speakers include Governor Raimondo, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and Rhode Island Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio.


Local and national celebrities offering their best wishes and congratulations 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, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2020 Sofia Ledoux, and more.


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, and simulcast on Coast 933 WSNE-FM. Your Year 2020 will encore on Coast 93.3 Sunday, June 21 at noon, and on demand as a podcast on the iHeart App and video on demand at


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.