For graduating seniors feeling blue about losing an in-person ceremony, allow the healing powers of Barack and Michelle Obama to lift you back up. The former President and First Lady will deliver the commencement address during YouTube Originals' Dear Class of 2020 virtual ceremony on June 7.
As previously announced, the pair will each deliver their own remarks during the multi-hour special, before sharing a joint message. Michelle's Higher Reach Initiative will also kick off the event with a full hour of content. But they aren't the only A-listers sharing well wishes with the class of 2020. Others set to appear include BTS, Lady Gaga, Zendaya, and Kerry Washington, among others. Ahead, how to stream the starry event on Saturday, June 6.
How do I stream YouTube's Dear Class of 2020?
The event will air on the YouTube Originals channel on Sunday, June 7 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will also be available to watch on YouTube's Learn@Home site and feature students' stories from around the globe.
YouTube’s full schedule of commencement events was available on the Learn@Home site on Saturday, May 17. Those graduating this year can also set a reminder for the show and sign their name on the Dear Class of 2020 Shout Out Board here.
To the #Classof2020, I know how hard you all have worked to make it to graduation. You’ve put in long hours studying. You’ve thrown yourself into extracurricular activities and after-school jobs. And you’ve done everything you can to be there for your friends through it all. Some of you will be the first in your families to graduate from high school or college, making this occasion all the more special. And I know that none of you imagined you would be closing this chapter of your life through a computer or phone screen. But I still want to make sure you still get the celebration you deserve. That’s why, through my @reachhigher Initiative, I’m working with @youtube Originals to host a special virtual graduation for you on June 6th. Whether you’re graduating from high school, college, or any other kind of school––we want you, your family, and all of your loved ones to be a part of this celebration. And we want to do this right for all of you, so I’ll be inviting some very special guests—including @BarackObama—to help ring in this momentous day. RSVP here bit.ly/RHGraduation and then tune in on June 6th at yt.be/classof2020. #ReachHigher
A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on May 5, 2020 at 8:22am PDT
Which other celebrities are in the lineup?
YouTube is partnering with Higher Reach, Born This Way Foundation, the Malala Fund, TODAY, and Ideas United to honor graduates during the festival-style event. One way they're celebrating the class of 2020 is by inviting a list of other celebrities to join the event. Special guests will include Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Chloe x Halle, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Rowland. BTS has been announced as a performer for the virtual event's grad night after-party.
Others making appearances include former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Malala Yousafzai; and YouTubers Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate, and The Try Guys, per Variety.
Are the Obamas' a part of any other virtual graduation events?
As it turns out, Barack and Michelle will be spending a lot of their time in isolation writing commencement addresses. On May 5, Barack tweeted his agenda of graduation appearances:
I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ngR2ykx3A2
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 5, 2020
He gave remarks during the May 16 primetime special Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. That event was broadcast across all four major networks as well as several streaming partners. It featured guest appearances from the likes of LeBron James, the Jonas Brothers, and Megan Rapinoe. Earlier that day, Barack headlined Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition—a two-hour livestream event for historically black universities.
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