Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will take part in multiple graduation events in which they will deliver commencement speeches for the class of 2020.
After overwhelming demand, separately, Barack and Michelle Obama will be delivering a graduation present to the class of 2020, having agreed to participate in, as well as be involved in hosting multiple virtual commencement celebrations.
“President and Mrs. Obama will share messages of advice and inspiration across multiple platforms,” a spokeswoman for the Obamas said.
Included in the events are a message for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in May, as well as hosting a virtual commencement celebration in June for the class of 2020. The Obamas will be holding a televised graduation event for the high school class of 2020, as most high schools will miss their in-person graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement from the former president’s office, it reads:
“Over the past month, President and Mrs. Obama have received dozens of requests from around the globe to address graduating classes whose in-person commencement events have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Today, the Obamas are pleased to announce that they will participate in multiple virtual commencement celebrations for students, families, and educators.”
Michelle Obama made an announcement about the upcoming events to the class of 2020 yesterday, by tweeting:
“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. That’s why @ReachHigher and I are teaming up with @Youtube to host a virtual graduation on June 6! RSVP at https://bit.ly/RHGraduation.”
Their first virtual speeches will be delivered via YouTube on June 6. Titled, the “Dear Class of 2020,” the special will feature “global leaders, celebrities, creators and other voices,” according to a statement, and both the former president and former first lady will give addresses.
According to a graphic posted by Michelle Obama on May 5, the June 6 event will include speakers president Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga, Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Sundar Pichai, and Malala Yousafzai.
The event will also feature special appearances by Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Dude Perfect, The Try, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Mr. Kate, Zendaya, Kerry Washington, Mr. Kate, Chloe X Halle, AsapScience, Jackie Aina and Zane Hijazi.
Another graduation event is titled: “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air on a number of networks and at least four major television networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.
The 1-hour multimedia event will air on Saturday, May 16, and feature a number of special guests including LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R., and Ben Platt, according to a press release.
Also on May 16, former President Barack Obama will appear on the live-streamed “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition.”