The Obamas Made a Virtual Graduation for Class of 2020

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UNSPECIFIED - MAY 16: In this screengrab, Former President Barack Obama speaks during Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, United States. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ)

 

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Amidst the virus, the majority of graduations for the class of 2020 were unable to celebrate their accomplishments by walking down to receive their diplomas. 

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, connected their celebrity friends to make a special virtual graduation for the class of 2020. Some of the A-list celebrities that were able to join and celebrate the student’s accomplishments were: LeBron JamesMalala Yousafzaithe Jonas BrothersYara ShahidiBad BunnyLena WaithePharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R., and Ben Platt. The celebrities all joined together to send their positive message to the graduations in a 1 hour televised commencement ceremony. 

Virtual Reactions 

There were many different ways celebrities and other influencers were celebrating the class of 2020, however, Obama’s virtual graduation was a big success. 

The special aired across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners simultaneously aired the special. 

Several students spoke out on their social media and said that it was an amazing experience, even if it didn’t replace the actual graduation. 

Why did the Obama Family decide to do this

Both Michelle and Barack Obama are heavily interested in bettering education. Barack Obama has given multiple speeches pertaining to education. 

Barack Obama said the following about his reason for making the virtual celebration: 

“I’ve always loved joining commencements — the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice,” Obama tweeted. “Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”

Michelle Obama also announced on her twitter: 

“I know how hard the #Classof2020 has worked to make it to graduation, so @BarackObama and I want to give you the celebration you deserve.” 

Watch the full celebration: 

What do you think of the virtual graduation? 

Let us know in the comments.

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