#WeAre2023: A Celebration of Graduation & Grade Promotion

In May and June, millions of public school students across the nation will celebrate a significant milestone in their academic careers. 

Graduation and grade promotions are more than just ceremonies. Whether they are graduating from pre-K to elementary school, or high school to career, college, trade school, or the military, kids are taking part in experiences that reflect their perseverance and resilience and represent a fulfillment of their hopes and dreams.

When we commemorate graduation and grade promotion, we celebrate our kids, their hard work, and their accomplishments. We also reinforce the incredible importance of education to our communities, our nation, and our society. 

This spring, the Learning First Alliance is joining with our partners across the country to celebrate the students moving onto the next phase of their academic career or the next phase of their lives. At the same time, we will spotlight the amazing work of educators to prepare students for the future. 

Kids thrive when their schools, educators, and school professionals have the support and resources they need to be successful. Will you join us?

The 2023 Graduation and Grade Promotion Season is over. Come back in May 2024 to help celebrate the Class of 2024. 


Watch leaders in the education community celebrate our students during this graduation and grade promotion season! Share this video on social media, along with #WeAre2023, to celebrate the accomplishments of students across the nation.

Spread the Word

Help us celebrate public school students and graduates by using the resources and templates available in our toolkit. You’ll find social media posts and graphics, a newsletter, article, email message, photo frames, and more! 

#WeAre2023 Yearbook

Your student’s graduation or grade promotion is a wonderful achievement and a great milestone.  Check out our #WeAre2023 Yearbook highlighting students and the educators and families that contribute to their success.

Missed our May 4, Twitter Chat?

In this #WeAre2023 Twitter Chat we connected with school leaders, leading education groups and students as we gave voice to the power of education and the impact of graduation on kids’ future success.

Check out highlights from the chat here or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeAre2023.

Missed our May 2, Webinar?

In this free webinar we highlighted stories of how public schools have helped prepare kids for the next steps in their future.

Moderator: Steve Drummond, Executive Producer, NPR News
Speakers: David Griffith, Associate Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy, NAESP; Jacqueline Rodriguez, CEO, National Center for Learning Disabilities; Casey Roberts, Executive Director, New Horizons Regional Education Centers; Deirdra Hawkes, Director of Programs & Advocacy, American School Counselor Association

Watch the live stream recording now on demand on YouTube

Why I’m #HerefortheKids

Why I’m #HerefortheKids

The past three years have placed a spotlight on America’s educators and school professionals who have shown us how truly committed they are to helping children thrive despite unprecedented challenges. In every community across America, schools are partnering with parents and families to ensure all children can achieve their full potential. Check out our videos to hear from teachers, principals, superintendents and others why they are #HerefortheKids.