Learning Institutions all across the globe are closed behind the unfortunate COVID-19 Pandemic. Unfortunately, the cause and affect behind one specific area is all graduating classes of 2020 aren’t able to fully enjoy the fruits of their hard work and labor to get to such a monumental moment of their lives. Graduations are a superior reflection of completion for all involved, most specially High School and College. Both showing major significance in closing a chapter and writing a new, the graduation ceremony is something special to engage in.
Luckily, this generation has some prominent figures to look up to as am nay are stepping up to the plate to ensure that students still get to enjoy one major part o the ceremony, the commencement speech. Over the next two months, many celebrities, philanthropic organizations, and public figures alike have set up different virtual celebrations to commemorate the students on the completion of their hard work. One commencement speaker is very popular for the ceremonies ahead, and that is none other than Barack Obama. Over the course of the next two months, Obama will be delivering commencement speeches to various different classes in congratulating and motivating them amidst such disheartening times.
Beginning this Saturday, the former president will give two different addresses. One is included apart of the Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, which is a two-hour live-streamed event tailored for historically black colleges and universities across the world. It will begin at 2 p.m. ET on the Chase YouTube channel as well as on Facebook and Twitter and will include special appearances from multiple celebrities including Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, and Vivica Fox and musical performances by Wyclef Jean, Anthony Hamilton, and a drumline collaborative featuring Doug E. Fresh. Following later that afternoon, Obama is scheduled to deliver another commencement address during the Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. This ceremony will be a one-hour multimedia event curated by the LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Tailored towards the millennial graduates of 2020, the event will include vibrant appearances by celebrities including LeBron James, Yara Shahidi, the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, H.E.R., and others. The event is set to air at 8 p.m. and simulcast on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC and across multiple additional digital streaming partners. Obama will close out his commencement speech virtual tour on June 12, alongside his forever first lady Michelle Obama, along with Zendaya, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, BTS, Condoleezza Rice, and many more. The Dear Class of 2020 event will be covered on YouTube beginning at 3 p.m. and followed by a virtual afterparty headlined by BTS.