PBS Teams Up with Zoom to Host the “Better Late Than Never Prom” for High School Seniors

PBS Teams Up with Zoom to Host the “Better Late Than Never Prom” for High School Seniors

Although the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has fundamentally changed life for students, PBS and Zoom are teaming up to help thousands of high school seniors celebrate one of the most treasured experiences of their high school career: Prom! On Friday, June 19th, PBS is hosting the “Better Late Than Never Prom” over Zoom, a jaw-dropping virtual prom event that high school students from across the country can enjoy from the safety of their own homes. 

This 90-minute event will kick-off at 8 p.m. ET with a virtual limo ride and a Hollywood-esque red carpet arrival where students can show off their formal attire before moving into a dazzling ballroom. In the ballroom, attendees can enjoy musical acts from artists such as Duckwrth, QuestLove, and Chloe X Halle, as well as cameos from national celebrities. 

Students will also have the chance to take part in some classic prom rites of passage, such as sharing photos, sending corsages, and crowning their very own prom king and queen. Under the supervision of teacher chaperones, student attendees will have the chance to interact with their friends and other students in an engaging, virtual meeting place. 

Here is some important information about the event: 

Date: June 26, 2020

Time: 8 – 9:30 p.m. ET

Attire: Formal dress

Who: US-based high school seniors

Where: Any mobile phone, tablet, or internet-enabled device 

To sign up for this event, teacher chaperones should take the following steps: 

  1. Create a new Gmail account using this template: Highschoolname.pbsprom2020@gmail.com
  2. Using your new Gmail account, sign up using this form
  3. Once your account is confirmed, log into your temporary Zoom account and schedule a webinar meeting for your high school
  4. Download the Better Late Than Never Toolkit, which contains instructions and Zoom tutorials to help you manage your event 

Please visit www.wcny.org/prom/ for additional information and resources. You can also contact your local PBS station, who will walk you through the process of signing up and answer any additional questions you might have. 

Have a great prom 2020 and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Editors note 6/19/20: We have updated this blog with a new date for the prom.

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