Barack and Michelle Obama are set to participate in a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will not be taking part in a traditional commencement service and instead there will be virtual ceremonies held for graduation. Our former President and First Lady will deliver a speech dedicated to all high school and college graduates.
Additionally, Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher initiative will host a full hour of content to kick off the celebration. Other celebrities making special appearances are Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Jackie Aina, and Zendaya.
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
The former president will also appear on May 16th for two different virtual ceremonies, including one event for historically black colleges and universities. The second ceremony is a special called “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” which will air on all of the major networks and online.
YouTube’s full schedule of commencement events will be available on the Learn@Home site beginning on May 17th. Graduates can also set a reminder for the show and sign their name on the Dear Class of 2020 Shout Out Board at yt.be/dearclassof2020.
The “Dear Class of 2020” commencement addresses will take place on June 6 on YouTube, at this link.