October 1, 2015: MetroFocus Full Episode

October 02, 2015 at 2:34 pm

American Graduate Day is here, and we’ve got a look ahead.

This Saturday, public television stations across the country and here in New York will simultaneously air a seven-hour program that celebrates academic achievement and features stories about the community leaders, educators and students who are making a difference.

American Graduate Day host and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien joins us to discuss what we can expect during this year’s show and how scholastic success affects more than just the students in the classroom.

We’ll hear the story of Demarcus Womack, as he shares his journey from a rough Orlando neighborhood to Bethune-Cookman University. Womack tells his tale to basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, who returned to college and got his doctorate after dropping out for the NBA.

MetroFocus will also explore the link between health and education. Broadcast journalist and American Graduate Day co-host Jane Pauley explains how poor access to health care hurts kids in the classroom, and what the Children’s Health Fund is doing about it.

And finally, we sit down with WNET President Neal Shapiro to learn the origin of American Graduate Day and how it is having a positive impact on young lives.