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AISES is now a National American Graduate Day 2017 partner with WNET New York Public Media. American Graduate Day was inaugurated six years ago to celebrate the people and organizations working to increase high school graduation rates in the United States. American Graduate Day emphasizes the importance of mentorship and focuses on post–high school pathways to careers that will enable young adults to be successful.
The American Graduate Day message is delivered in a live four-hour national broadcast that tells the stories of “what’s possible” and magnifies the audience’s lens on the world and the opportunities that exist outside their local and regional area. The 2017 American Graduate Day broadcast is scheduled to air on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. Check your local listing.
The AISES mission aligns with American Graduate Day because AISES incorporates efforts to increase the representation of indigenous North Americans in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers. At 40 years strong, AISES is unlocking doors for students to increase educational resources, reveal each student’s innate talents and abilities, and illuminate academic achievement.
Education begins with parents and enlists the wide network of support and relationships that students have in their lives with family members, mentors, teachers, and friends. American Graduate Day gets the word out to parents about this support network and highlights a call to action for future planning and career readiness for young adults. A student may have an entrepreneurial mindset or hope to enter military service, follow a trade or vocational path, or complete a two-year degree. Clearly college and career readiness are necessary for success.
Speaking for AISES at American Graduate Day 2017 is Dr. John Herrington, who embodies AISES at its core. A member of the Board of Directors and mentor to many AISES students, Dr. Herrington is a former naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He achieved prominence as the first tribally enrolled American Indian in space. A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Dr. Herrington has been inspiring Indigenous Peoples and audiences across the world. He was one of seven crewmembers on the STS-113 Endeavour in 1992, the 16th Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Dr. Herrington has a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering, and a doctorate in education.