Dear Class of 2020 is a virtual commencement celebration bringing together inspirational leaders and artists to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities. The ceremony is dedicated to students graduating this year as they will miss on their graduation party due to the ongoing pandemic and might not even have the usual graduation ceremony. The event was earlier supposed to be held on June 5 but was pushed back due to the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests and riots.
The celebration will feature commencement speeches from Lady Gaga, BTS, former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Malala Yousafzai, and the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, Sundar Pichai.
Dear Class of 2020 will open with Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic performing the obligatory Pomp and Circumstance along with remarks by Alicia Keys. Other music performances will include BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, and CNCO — headlining the “grad party” block starting in the fifth hour (4 p.m. PT) — as well as Chloe x Halle, Maluma, and Katy Perry.
Additionally, a special Finneas-produced rendition of U2’s Beautiful Day will bring together Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ben Platt, and Ty Dolla $ign. The performance will be introduced by Bono.
The four-hour-plus star-studded event will be hosted by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. They will be joined by personalities from different walks of life. This initiative came as good news for every student out there who might not have a graduation celebration at all.
Additional stars that will make special appearances during the event include :
JJ Abrams, Jackie Aina, Ray Allen, La La Anthony, AsapSCIENCE, Jack Black, Ian Book, Jade Bowler, Tom Brady, Erika Brown, Emma Chamberlain, Chloe x Halle, CNCO, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Lana Condor, Cindy Crawford, DJ D-Nice, Snoop Dogg, Dude Perfect, Kevin Durant, Billie Eilish, Missy Elliott, FINNEAS, Bill and Melinda Gates, Kaia Gerber, Evan Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Green, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jenna Bush Hager, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, Zane Hijazi & Heath Hussar, Michael B. Jordan, Colin Jost, Rupi Kaur, Courtney Kemp, Keegan-Michael Key, Jimmy Kimmel, Sal Khan, Prajakta Koli, Liza Koshy, Margot Lee, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Peyton Manning, Camila Mendes, Vanessa & Veronica Merrell, Hasan Minhaj, Mr. Kate, Natalie Morales, Sasha Morga, John Mulaney, Nikkie De Jager, Katelyn Ohashi, Chris Pine, Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Daisy Ridley, Phoebe Robinson, Seth Rogen, Martha Stewart, Michael Strahan, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, The Try Guys, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Kerry Washington, Russell Westbrook, Ciara & Russell Wilson, Rita Wilson, Zendaya, the casts of Euphoria and The Simpsons and more.
The star-studded lineup features people from various fields. The ceremony will be available to watch on the YouTube Originals page.