Send us your ‘grad walk’ videos for ‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago, By Chicago’


CHICAGO (WLS) — Life for graduating seniors this year was disrupted in unimaginable ways. No prom. No classroom finals. No spring sports season.

While we can’t bring back the graduation ceremony seniors were expecting, Mayor Lightfoot and the team at Citadel have found a special way to honor you all.

2020 will be a graduation like no other.

On June 14 at 1 p.m. CT, we will host a Chicago-wide celebration honoring all 40,000 of you

“GRAD2020: For Chicago. By Chicago” will be an exciting mix of celebrities who have deep roots in Chicago, but mostly it will feature students and your stories. Your graduation TikTok walk. Your shout out to the people who helped you succeed. Your thoughts about the last two months that we’re working with local writers to turn into a poem. Your favorite photos from the year.

Video requirements:
Shoot on your phone in a quiet area with NO MUSIC playing in the background. If there’s music playing, we can’t use it
Max Length: 45 seconds
We cannot accept any professional photos or video

Use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your video and information.

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