Schools all over the world may be closed due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the Class of 2020 can’t have a graduation ceremony! In order to support graduating students who can’t walk across the stage to receive their diploma at this time, YouTube has teamed up with some awesome famous faces to celebrate their achievements with an epic livestream.
The social event, titled “Dear Class of 2020” will premiere on Saturday, June 6, on the YouTube Originals channel and will feature both performances and commencement speeches from former President Barack and Michelle Obama, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, BTS, Lady Gaga, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Malala Yousafzai. The event will also include appearances from Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle, Zendaya and YouTube creators Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate and The Try Guys.
“Graduation is a tradition that students and families look forward to and with the current state of the world, YouTube is lending some inspiration in the form of a virtual commencement,” Global head of content for YouTube Susanne Daniels said in a statement. “We hope bringing together noteworthy, influential speakers along with performances from some of their favorite artists will provide encouragement for the students who have worked so hard to get here.”
Aside from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram will also host their own graduation ceremony on May 15. Along with big names like Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles, former Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus will also be in attendance for the virtual event. Get this — the songstress is set to set sing her hit throwback song “The Climb” from The Hannah Montana Movie and, honestly, we’re already shook about it.
For those who missed it, over 3,780,000 people have contracted the virus so far, resulting in more than 261,000 deaths. Medical professionals have called for “social distancing” to prevent further spreading of the illness, which is defined as “trying to keep yourself away from other people, especially large crowds.” Because of this many events, concerts, award shows, conventions and festivals have been canceled, including all Broadway plays and sports games. People are urged to stay indoors, avoid public places and isolate themselves during this time.
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