“While you might not get the experience of sweating under your cap and gown in the hot sun…”
- Barack and Michelle Obama took part in YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 broadcast.
- The virtual graduation ceremony featured a plethora of celebs delivering commencement speeches to this year’s graduates.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted upon so many aspects of everyday life, and that includes graduation ceremonies. While students would usually be graduating and listening to inspiring commencement speeches in person right now, ceremonies have been moved online, as much of the world continues to practice social distancing.
YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 streamed on June 7, 2020, and featured a whole host of celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Demi Lovato, Billy Porter, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. As if that list wasn’t exciting enough, Barack and Michelle Obama decided to kick off the entire event with a joint speech, which was incredible.
Barack started by saying, “Congratulations to the Class of 2020.” Then Michelle told the audience, “This is a huge day for all of you, and we couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating with you all today.”
She continued, “While you might not get the experience of sweating under your cap and gown in the hot sun, or getting embarrassed by your family yelling out your name when you walk across the stage, you still have all those people with you today, just like they’ve been with you this whole journey. Rooting you on, pushing you to grow, and offering you a hand if you needed it.”
“These folks deserve your love and gratitude for helping you get here, so give them a squeeze if you’re with them right now,” Michelle told viewers. Meanwhile, Obama jumped in and said, “Especially the dads.”
Obama addressed graduates and said, “Today is the culmination of a long journey. Think back to when you were starting your first year. You were probably just hoping that by graduation day you would’ve found your people, learned some new skills, got yourself ready for your next step. Maybe college, maybe grad school. Maybe your first job.”