High school seniors, college seniors, and master’s and professional degree graduates, our hearts go out to you. This has very likely been the most difficult year of your academic career. Once the true impact of the Coronavirus outbreak was felt, high schools and university campuses alike shuttered their doors in the hopes of keeping as many of their students safe as possible. Though it was the right thing to do, it also meant giving up a lot of the traditions that mark a seniors’ final year in school: prom, skip day, the last night at your favorite local hangout with close friends, and so much more. As the world has been turned upside down, many students will also have to live with a lack of memories or the chance to say goodbye to friends, mentors, and teachers and professors. More COVID-19 student-impact information.However, many have rallied around the Class of 2020 with messages of encouragement and accomplishment. Schools have surprised students with yard signs congratulating them on their achievements. High schools across the country and celebrities, like John Krasinski, have hosted virtual proms. Virtual spirit weeks and social distance car parades have been held to honor seniors. But what about graduation, which is undoubtedly the biggest, most important event of senior year? Fortunately, celebrities are teaming up to give seniors across the country the most epic ceremony ever.A few days ago, YouTube announced that it would be holding a virtual commencement on June 6, 2020, and we can guarantee that their guest speakers are better than anyone you would have had at your local graduation ceremony (no offense). Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama will both be delivering the commencement address during YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 event. They will also be joined by BTS, Lady Gaga, Secretary Robert M. Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Malala Yousafzai. But the party doesn’t end there. The event will also host special appearances by Alicia Keys, Chole x Halle, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Zendaya, Dude Perfect, and more.Students interested in attending can check out the official event page, as well as set a reminder for the event for when it goes live. It will kickoff at 3 pm EST/12 pm PST. Although it does sound as if it will be just as long as your typical graduation ceremony, we can guarantee that it will be a bit more exciting hearing from these well-known world-changers.
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