Beyoncé, The Obamas To Give Speeches At YouTube’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony, Date Moved In Honour Of George Floyd’s Memorial Service

The Obamas are set to make a number of students’ dreams come true by delivering commencement addresses at an upcoming virtual graduation ceremony.

YouTube announced their “Dear Class of 2020” project last month, with former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle among a star-studded lineup.

BTS, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya will also be among those making appearances.

YouTube then confirmed Beyoncé, Bill and Melinda Gates and John Green had been added as speakers, along with Camila Cabello, CNCO, Doja Cat, Lizzo, Maluma and Megan Thee Stallion set to perform.

Jennifer Lopez, Finneas, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, Taylor Swift and more will make appearances, as well.

The cast of “Riverdale”, Jenna Bush Hager, Billy Porter, Andy Cohen, Antoni Porowski and more will also feature.

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“I’m so excited to speak to the class of 2020 with Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, BTS and many more incredible people as we celebrate your accomplishments in this graduate #withme livestream event,” Gaga previously tweeted.

BTS and others will perform at a virtual grad night afterparty.

Mrs. Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative will host a full hour of content to kick off the ceremony.

The virtual commencement will be a “celebration bringing together inspirational leaders, celebrities and creators to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities,” YouTube announced.

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It was confirmed Friday that the special will debut on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT; the date has been moved from the original date of Saturday, June 6, in honour of George Floyd’s memorial service. This inspiring tribute to the class of 2020 was filmed over the course of the last several weeks and will centre around the timely themes of hope, resilience and camaraderie.

“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,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube. “We hope bringing together noteworthy, influential speakers along with performances from some of their favourite artists will provide encouragement for the students who have worked so hard to get here.”

The full schedule of commencement events are available on the Learn@Home site. Graduates can also set a reminder for the show and sign their name on the Dear Class of 2020 Shout Out Board here.

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