Obamas to headline first-of-its-kind televised commencement for class of 2020

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a commencement address for the graduating class of 2020 during an upcoming televised prime-time special.

“Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” will air Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, and on a number of other broadcast and digital streaming platforms.

The hour-long broadcast will also feature former First Lady Michelle Obama, LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Pharrell Williams and several others. The broadcast will be hosted by the nonprofit education advocacy group XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

“This high school graduation season will be anything but ordinary — but that’s all the more reason why the Class of 2020 deserves extraordinary advice, heartfelt encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about facing new challenges in an uncertain world,” Russlynn Ali, CEO and co-founder of XQ Institute, said in a statement.

According to XQ:

We’ve seen students and teachers across the country write a story of transformation. We’ve watched the school year come to a halt and witnessed many time-honored high school milestones like graduation evaporate. And we want to show the Class of 2020 that we see and appreciate their resilience by honoring them with a first-of-its-kind graduation.

Organizers are also asking for your input: “Tell us what you want to see during your graduation ceremony. Submit your own story and tell us about others whose stories need to be told.”

You can do that here:

What: “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020”
Where: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, multiple streaming platforms
When: Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m.
More: GraduateTogether2020.com


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