Barack and Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and many more stars have come together in order to celebrate the YouTube Originals “Dear Class of 2020.”
This virtual event brings together celebrities, inspirational leaders, as well as YouTube creators to honour graduates and their families and local communities. This celebration also features commencement speeches from BTS, Lady Gaga, Robert M. Gates (former Defense Secretary), Condoleezza Rice (former Secretary of State), Malala Yousafzai and Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google and Alphabet).
This virtual celebration has a festival-style lineup and features people from across the world to celebrate the 2020 Class as a single community to support their resilience as well as the infinite possibilities as they enter into their future plan and career.
The event was opened by Lizzo with the New York Philharmonic with their performance – “Pomp and Circumstance”. This was followed by a speech by Alicia Keys, addressing the graduates along with their families.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Yara Shahidi, Shonda Rhimes, Janelle Monáe, and Misty Copeland teamed up and performed “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou; whereas Schitt’s Creek cast reunited to perform a musical tribute to the teachers. Furthermore, Mark Rober and NASA celebrated this event at the International Space Station.
Numerous bands teamed up to perform a rendition of “Nothing Holding Me Back”, by Shawn Mendes. The ceremony of 4 hours was concluded by Katy Perry and she lead the graduates in their ceremonial tassel turn.
Many more stars made special appearances in this event “The Dear Class of 2020″ which was aired on 7 June, Sunday, at noon PT. You can watch the ceremony on YouTube Originals page.
If you missed it, you can watch the full replay on Youtube.