The Obamas Are Commencement Speakers at Several Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

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It's a weird time to be graduating, but the class of 2020 doesn't have an option. Graduations must go on, even during a global pandemic.


To help ease the disappointment of missing out on an in-person graduation ceremony, Michelle and Barack Obama are giving the commencement speech at a virtual ceremony called Dear Class of 2020.

Together with the former First Lady's Reach Higher initiative and YouTube, the virtual graduation will take place on June 6th at 3 p.m. ET with additional appearances by Lady Gaga, Malala Yousafzai, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle, Zane Hijazi, Zendaya, and more.


You can watch the ceremony at YouTube Learning and YouTube Originals.

President Obama will be the commencement speaker at another virtual graduation: Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.

Hosted by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the ceremony will also feature LeBron James, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Ben Platt, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and more.


The commencement will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC on May 16th, at 8 pm ET, along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners.

President Obama will also deliver the commencement speech at Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition on Saturday, May 16th at 2 p.m. ET.