Several “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation tributes have occurred during the pandemic because of high school, college and other academic graduation cancellations. YouTube previously announced that it plans to live-stream a special commencement ceremony on June 6 to honor graduates from all age levels and walks of life.
The ceremony will feature appearances by celebrities from every industry, including music and entertainment. This week, YouTube announced that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has been added as a guest speaker. YouTube stated that the 38-year-old American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and producer will offer seniors an “inspirational message” alongside messages from a diverse group of presenters that includes the Obamas, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Malala Yousafzai, Sundar Pichai, Hasan Minhaj, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The tribute, which starts at 3 p.m. EDT, will last for several hours. Graduates and their loved ones will have the opportunity to enjoy musical performances by Camila Cabello, Chloe x Halle, Lizzo, and Maluma during the first half of the event. A graduation party following the ceremony will feature additional performances by BTS, CNCO, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Graduates have until this Friday, May 22, to add their own inspiring videos to the event by uploading clips to the event website. They can find more information here.
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