Despite all the canceled private graduation ceremonies, Star Stud speakers, including Barack Obama, LeBron James and Malala Yousafzai, were determined to celebrate the 2020 class.
Lakers star James started the virtual show, praising the senior class for the softness and hard work in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Timothy Chalamet, Farrell Williams, Megan Rapino, Lena Weith, Bad Bonnie and Kumel Nanjiani (through her “Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villagers”) grades were present to celebrate and present some knowledge.
In his speech, Obama said that the class of 2020 had to face a lot of challenges during their education, including the rise of social studies, school shooting and climate change. And when they were on the finish line, schools were closed everywhere because of the coronavirus.
“As much as I’m sure you love your parents, playing board games with them or watching‘ Tiger King ’isn’t exactly how you imagined the last few months of your senior year,” he said.
He further joked that a virtual event is probably better than sitting through a startup, especially if he gave a lengthy speech, and he added that many people don’t look great in caps, especially if they have ears as big as his.
The former president then said in a serious tone that this generation needs to grow faster than usual.
“This epidemic has shaken the stable situation and carries the deep-seated problems of our country. From racial inequality to widespread economic inequality, to the lack of primary health care for those in need. He has awakened a lot of young people that old ways of doing things just don’t work, ”he said.
He finally made a comeback in President Trump’s administration to urge students to keep up with their values.
“Don’t you think that’s right. Do what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, how young children think. Unfortunately, a number of so-called adults still think that way, including fancy titles and important jobs, which is why things get so confusing.” Hopefully instead, you immerse yourself in the latest values, ”he said.
During James ’speech, he focused on the ideal of building and supporting a community.
“Our school is our safety net. Our people make our communities. In the class of 2020, when you celebrate tonight, don’t forget your safety net. Every teacher, every coach, every pastor, they’ve got you in this moment with your friends and family. And now, it’s time to move to a new place, ”James said.
He added that the graduates were probably tired of hearing “stay home”, so he had a different message and mission for them.
“My message: stay close to home. Not physically, but possible in all other ways. Follow every ambition, you can dream as much as possible be the first generation to take on new responsibilities. It’s a responsibility to rebuild your community, ”James said.
Malala Yousafzai, who has lost her bachelor’s degree, called on everyone to remember the less fortunate students in developing countries.
“The 2020 class will not be defined by what we have lost to this virus, but how we reacted to it by the world is now yours, and I can’t wait to see what you create.”
Dua Lipa served a virtual music number with the help of some high school cheerleaders and a drumline. Ben Platt later joined his brothers Henry and Jonah for a graduation medal, and the trio stood six feet tall, singing a capillary against the green screen.
A proven piano master named Alicia Kiss screamed for the graduates as well as performed a song for the frontline staff, doctors and nurses. The Jonas Brothers sang a mix of songs at a social distance and H.E.R. And the young Grammy nominee both sang on the show after YBN Cordai.
Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at the HBCU virtual graduation ceremony and made strong remarks about President Trump. During his brief speech, he criticized the administration’s response to the coronavirus epidemic and management of Ahmed Arberry’s murder.
“After all, this epidemic is completely over, finally tearing down the veil of the idea that many people in charge know what they are doing. Many of them do not even pretend to be in charge, “he said.” If the world is going to get better, it will be in your hands. “
He added, “When we see it when a black man goes for a run and some people think they can stop and ask questions and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their interrogation. Injustice like this is not new. “