- PBS and Zoom are teaming up to host a virtual prom for high school seniors who missed it due to the pandemic.
Zoom and PBS are teaming up to host “Better Late Than Never Prom,” a virtual prom to celebrate high school students in the U.S. on June 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The special will feature Chloe x Halle, Skai Jackson, Tia Mowry, Chase Stokes (Outer Banks), Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Bob the Drag Queen, Tiagz, Olivia Munn, Sarah Schauer (TikTok), Kalen Allen (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), and more. With performances by mxmtoon, Kiana Ledé, Duckwrth, Cyn, Laura Marano, and an exclusive DJ set by Questlove. There will also be a prom night cameo dance number by none other than Elmo, and Jason Derulo.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, over 3.7 million American high school seniors missed their prom. PBS and Zoom hope to create a safe space for the class of 2020 to come together and celebrate.
High schools will be able to participate with its own “Zoom experience” which will allow schools to customize prom activities, from speeches to crowning of their own prom king & queen and other prom night staples. There will also be a general room open to all that can be joined through the event’s website: http://www.wcny.org/prom/
Brought to you by PBS stations, the beloved broadcasters that today’s high school seniors grew up with, True to PBS form, the Better Late Than Never Prom will have an educational component at the start: a short segment about the history of prom in the US, followed by a super cheesy red carpet rollout. Virtual doesn’t have to mean missing the classic treasured but tacky prom aesthetic.
Students can use the hashtag #PromNight2020 on social media to share their experiences. If a school cannot participate on June 26th, it is welcome to use this template and host its prom using this content on another date.