New York: Graduation ceremonies across America have been postponed or canceled, so Saturday night, a nationwide event paid tribute to the class of 2020.
Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020 was an hour-long special filled with music, words of encouragement and congratulations.
The Graduate Together special was organized by several groups including the LeBron James Family Foundation.
LeBron James‘ SpringHill Entertainment was responsible for putting on the production of tonight’s show, in conjunction with his LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute and the Entertainment Institute Foundation. The event included commencement addresses, more musical performances and a roster of celeb cameos including, the Lakers star himself, 2-time World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more.
One of the highlights was former President Barack Obama commencement address, which featured messages of hope.
Congrats to the high school Class of 2020, as well as to the teachers, coaches, and most of all, parents and family who’ve guided you along the way. Thanks for letting me be part of your big day! pic.twitter.com/RjYvHs2BhC
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 17, 2020
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said she, too, was missing her graduation like the class of 2020.
— Malala (@Malala) May 17, 2020
World Cup champion and US women’s national team soccer player Megan Rapinoe told the class of 2020, “This is your moment and unlike any we have seen before.”
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart reminisced about his most embarrassing moment in high school.
Actress Zendaya told the graduating class of 2020 that being a senior was more than just your senior year.
— Graduate Together (@GradTogether) May 16, 2020
Former President Bill Clinton told the class of 2020 that the Covid-19 pandemic “has given you a graduation you will never forget and it’s released you into an uncertain future.”
Comedic Actress Amy Schumer offered some advice to the class of 2020: “Don’t try to make your parents proud of you. Make yourself happy.”
Hollywood actor Gal Gadot told 2020 graduates that even though the next steps in their lives are unclear and they may feel powerless, they should trust themselves.
Dua Lipa performed a virtual musical number with the help of some high-school cheerleaders and a drumline. Ben Platt was later joined by his brothers Henry and Jonah for a graduation medley, and the trio stood six feet apart singing a capella against a green screen.
Alicia Keys, a proven piano maestro, performed a song for frontline workers, doctors and nurses, in addition to shouting out the graduates. The Jonas Brothers sang a socially-distance mix of songs, and H.E.R. and YBN Cordae, both young Grammy nominees, also sang later in the show.
The Jonas Brothers put on a show from home during the ‘Graduate Together,’ virtual primetime special honoring the graduating class of 2020 on May 16! They performed their new Karol G collaboration, ‘X’!