colodenn / GitHubGraduation-2021

Join the GitHub Graduation Yearbook and "walk the stage" on June 5.

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This repository contains the yearbook for GitHub Graduation 2021. By issuing a pull request to this repository, you can request to be added to the Class of 2021.

The first 5,000 pull request successfully merged into the repository by May 27 will receive custom swag in the mail.

Privacy Notice πŸ‘€

Consider that all the information that you add to this repository will be publicly available.

  • If you don't feel comfortable with displaying your full name, you can include a short name or nickname instead.

Who can apply πŸ“

We invite any student that has graduated, or plans to graduate, in 2021 to apply to the yearbook. This includes bootcamps, code camps, high school graduates, Master's graduates, Ph. D. Graduates, etc.

The eligibility criteria are -

  1. You have been verified as a student with the GitHub Student Developer Pack. Not yet a part of the Pack? Apply here.
  2. You have not participated in a past GitHub Graduation event.

How to join the Class of 2021

Here are two steps to join graduation and receive swag in the mail.

  1. Fill out the swag shipment form. Note: the form needs to be done before creating your Pull Request and does not guarantee participation in the event. Your PR must be successfully merged to be included and only the first 5,000 merged PRs will receive swag.
  2. Submit a pull request with your profile information to join the Yearbook and be highlighted in the graduation event.
  3. (optional) Level up your swag and make an additional appearance at graduation by sharing a story of a teacher who has made an impact in your education. More info below!
  4. Save the date (Google calendar invite) and attend graduation πŸ₯³

1. Fill out the swag shipment form.

Information submitted to the swag shipment form will only be used to ship swag for graduation. Submitting the form does not guarantee you will receive swag in the mail. Only the first 5,000 graduates to successfully merge their pull request to the Yearbook will receive a shipment.

2. Add yourself to Yearbook 🏫

Replace <YOUR-USERNAME> with your GitHub username in this guide.

First, create the folder _data/YOUR-USERNAME/

Fork this repository, create a new folder inside the _data folder, and name it with your username. It should look something like this _data/<YOUR-USERNAME>/. Ex.


Second, add your profile information

Create a markdown file in your folder following the convention <YOUR-USERNAME>.md. Ex.


Copy the next template into your file, delete the boilerplate data and fill the information with yours.

name: FULLNAME-OR-NICKNAME # No longer than 28 characters
institution: INSTITUTION-NAME 🚩 # no longer than 58 characters
quote: YOUR-SENIOR-QUOTE # no longer than 100 characters, avoid using quotes(") to guarantee the format remains the same.

Do not use special characters in the template above.

Third, submit your Pull Request

Go through the checklist on the pull request template to guarantee your submission is valid. The GitHub Education team will review your application, approve and merge your submission if everything is correct. Otherwise, you will get notified of the changes requested in the pull request comment section.

3. Share your story of a teacher who made an impact πŸ‘©β€πŸ«πŸ‘¨β€πŸ«

This year, we want to hear stories of teachers or educators who made a difference on your journey in 2021. Similar to last year's "A Message to the Octograds" video, we're putting together a compilation of your stories. Every participant will level up their swag with an extra special design. To take part,

  1. Fill out the video release form.
  2. Record and submit your video message. (full instructions for recording)

Not sure what to say? Even a "thank-you teachers!" in your local language is appreciated to help us in honoring educators around the world.

Share your message to teachers.

A note on swag πŸ›

The first 5,000 successfully merged PRs will receive a custom holographic developer trading card with their GitHub status in the mail.

What does this mean? We will use your public GitHub profile information to create a trading card. To ensure your trading card best reflects you, please make sure your GitHub profile picture and bio are up to date and what you would like shown on the card.

Graduation Day πŸŽ“

Don't forget to watch the livestream!


Join the GitHub Graduation Yearbook and "walk the stage" on June 5.


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