AFN TV Airing DoDEA Class of 2020 Specials

Aviano High school students are among those honored in “AFN Salutes the DoDEA High School Class of 2020,” which begins July 5 on AFN|family. (Courtesy of DoDEA)
Aviano High school students are among those honored in “AFN Salutes the DoDEA High School Class of 2020,” which begins July 5 on AFN|family. (Courtesy of DoDEA)

AFN TV Airing DoDEA Class of 2020 Specials

by George A. Smith
Defense Media Activity

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Class of 2020 shares thoughts, videos and photos in back-to-back “by the students, for the students” specials airing July 5 on the American Forces Network (AFN).


AFN Salutes the DoDEA High School Class of 2020 July 5 on AFN|family with two special programs created by students for the students in coordination with AFN. (Courtesy of DoDEA)

AFN Salutes the DoDEA High School Class of 2020 begins at 6 p.m (Central European Time/Japan Korea Time) on AFN|family with a special honoring the high school graduates of Europe. That’s followed at 6:15 p.m. with a special saluting the 2020 seniors from the Pacific Region. AFN broadcasters in Europe and the Pacific co-produced the specials in coordination with students and schools. Together, they overcame the challenges of creating original TV shows during a pandemic while most everyone was isolated at home.


Sasebo’s Noel Barnhill is one of the students featured in “AFN Salutes the DoDEA High School Class of 2020,” airing July 5 on AFN|family. (Courtesy of DoDEA)

COVID-19 caused massive disruptions and adjustments to 2020 graduation ceremonies around the world. DoDEA schools were not exempt. The specials include original footage of graduation ceremonies, drive by “after” celebrations and student leader speeches recorded from home, often on their personal cell phone.

For a complete listing of when the specials air in every time zone around the world, go to myafn.net.

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