BTS took over the “Dear Class of 2020” special with their smooth moves.
The K-pop group performed “Boy With Luv”, “Spring Day” and “Mikrokosmos” — all from separate, pre-recorded productions.
The group got the most screen time out of any performer or speaker as they also all shared their own graduation memories.
RM started off: Ten years ago, it snowed really hard on the day of middle school graduation. I remember that day clearly because I took a picture with my friends and kept it as my messenger profile for the rest of my school years. On that day, I was just a boy who had closed just one chapter, ready to pen another. And I remember that feeling: It was really thrilling and breathtaking. It was a moment I felt most like me, myself.”
Next was Jungkook: “Unlike RM, my graduation was recorded online via YouTube on BANGTAN BOMB. My fellow BTS members were there throughout all of my high school years. I remember them saying ‘When did you grow old enough to graduate?’ And once the ceremony was over, we went and had Jajangmyeon together.”
Jin added, “My memory of graduation is a little different. It was before my debut as BTS. I was around 20, just a high school graduate going into university. Back then, the notion of becoming an adult was something quite scary. Anxious about making my way into an unfamiliar world, I was cautious about everything I said or did. Sometimes, I’d feel restless, watching my friends go on far ahead of me, and attempting to keep up with their speed would only leave me breathless. I soon realized that their pace was not my own. What held me together during these times was a promise I made with myself to take it slow.”
“These days, I feel as though I’ve fallen to the ground during a race,” SUGA said. “I dust my knees and get up again, only to find that there is nobody around me. It’s as though I’m deserted on an island. This might not be the grand finale that you had imagined, and a fresh start might seem far away. But I wish to tell you: Please don’t be afraid, don’t worry yourself. The end and beginning, beginning and end are connected.”
Jimin continued, “First, congratulations on your graduation. But at the same time, I am worried for everyone. I think about your health and whether you’re doing OK, whether you are holding on tight when nothing seems to go as planned, whether your body and mind are all safe and sound. I hope you are all doing well, but if things are not OK—even in the slightest—we send you our most sincere consolation with all our hearts.”
“I’m not much different from all of you,” J-Hope said. “At times, I feel as though I’ve reached a dead end as I perform and make music. Sometimes, my mind is bleached white, and I can hardly take another step forward. It’s a regular occurrence as I work. At these times, I think, ‘just this once. Just this once,’ and I pick myself back up. I decide to trust myself. The next attempt might not be perfect, but the second is better than the first, and the third is even better than the second.”
V concluded, “I will remember this day. Today may not be my own graduation, but I will try to look back upon this day years from now and remember it as a memory to treasure. And I look forward to the day you will stand and tell us your own story.”
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