2015 Celebration of Graduation with Pedal-Powered Stage

This June, in honor of 2015 graduates across the city, WTTW, Slow Roll Chicago, and the Chicago Park District threw a huge Celebration of Graduation party in Tuley Park on the South Side. Participants in the day-long festivities went on a slow bike ride (aka Slow Roll) through the surrounding South Side neighborhoods, and wound up at our pedal-powered stage, chilling out or biking some more to power the speakers.

The pedal-powered set up incorporated six bicycles generating enough power to run a sound board, LED tower, laptop, and two speakers pumping out dance music for the celebration. Various configurations of this system can be rented from Climate Cycle. Contact us for more info.


The Celebration was part of WTTW Chicago’s American Graduate initiative, “a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. This initiative builds on public media’s long-standing commitment to education.”

According to WTTW:

Chicago is seeing sustained gains in the number of students successfully attaining their high school diplomas. Only a decade ago, 50% of the high school population in Chicago Public Schools dropped out of the system. Now, thanks to earlier educational interventions, and the dedication and support of countless education professionals, parents, caregivers, and community members, Chicago has seen a dramatic increase in graduation rates to 65.4%, up nearly 4% over last year and more than 15% from just a decade ago. CPS reports that 82% of all high school students are on track to graduate. This steady growth demonstrates that progress can be made, and that together, we can make it happen!