YouTube hosted a virtual graduation ceremony titled ‘Dear Class of 2020’ with Lizzo and more celebrities giving speeches and performances. The event was held on June 7th celebrating quarantined graduates.
The YouTube event hosted Lizzo who started the event leading a New York Philharmonic-backed version of graduation staple “Pomp and Circumstance” on flute, which started traditionally but turned into a trap beat about halfway through the track.
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Congratulations to the class of 2020. The truth seekers and disrupters of the future! It’s time to not just take on the world, it’s time to create a NEW one with equality for all. Let’s goooooooooooooo! (Thank you @nyphilharmonic for making my high school dream come true) @sashabefluting ✊🏾🥰 musical direction @q_thervandross
Alicia Keys was the first speaker on the YouTube event to offer her views saying that she praised the ways they’ve responded to the national pandemic by trying to better the world around them. “You’re taking your heartbreak and your outrage and you’re putting it into action — and you are showing that you are the generation that’s the one that’s going to heal this,” Alicia Keys said.
The speeches went on to many more celebrities like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama who both gave moving commencement speeches, saying that “all the work you’ve put in to get your education is still one of the best investments you can make.”
Celebrities like Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Demi Lovato also gave empowering speeches for the YouTube event.
Lady Gaga offered graduates a different point of viewing the state of the world we are currently living in, “There is much to be sad about, there’s also much to be celebrated… you are watching what is a pivotal moment in the country’s evolution. You’re watching society change in a deeply important way.”
For the YouTube event, Beyoncé addressed the protests that have been going on around the world in light of George Floyd’s death. “Thank you for using your collective voice in letting the world know that Black Lives Matter,” she said to the Class of 2020. “Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today,” Beyoncé added. She also addressed the continuing sexism that persists in the music industry.
Jennifer Lopez shared her wisdom with the graduating class sharing that disappointments can be learning experiences. “Every obstacle is really an opportunity to learn — to grow — and to change,” Jennifer advised. “You deserve this moment and so much more because you’re still going to go out there and make your dreams come true and follow your path and be on your journey. Because that — my friends — is the plan that hasn’t changed. I commend you, class of 2020,” Lopez said.
The YouTube graduation ceremony ended off with Katy Perry officially announcing, “Class of 2020, you are graduates in 3…2…1…” and closing with performances of her new single “Daisies” and old No.1 track “Firework.”
After the official Class of 2020 graduation ceremony ended, it was followed on YouTube by the “After Party,” with performances from the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, CNCO, and BTS.
Megan Thee Stallion started off the ‘Grad Party’ portion of YouTube Originals ‘Dear Class of 2020’, performing Hot Girls Summer, Big Ole Freak, Captain Hook, Cash Shit, and Savage.
Boyband BTS had all seven members reunited including J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jimin, Jin, and RM for the show. Each gave a speech reflecting on their own graduation and what it had meant to them.
The event had a range of encouraging words and advice from many celebrities as well as a variety of music hits.
See the full list of celebrities involved and replay here of Dear Class of 2020 on YouTube Originals –