The YouTube Graduation Ceremony, “Dear Class of 2020,” is postponed to Sunday, June 7th.
The four-hour commencement event was set for Saturday, but YouTube rescheduled to observe George Floyd’s memorial service. The event has more than 70 celebrities on board to speak to 2020 graduates, including The Obamas, Beyoncé, and BTS.
This YouTube graduation ceremony is the first time the Obamas appear virtually on-stage together. Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative will lead the first hour of the special – including commencement speeches from Mrs. Obama and Beyoncé. President Obama’s keynote will feature in the fourth hour of the special. Katy Perry will lead 2020 graduates in the ceremonial tassel-turn.
Other commencement speakers for the commencement event include BTS, Lady Gaga, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai.
Lizzo will open the show with the New York Philharmonic performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” along with Alicia Keys. BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, and CNCO will headline the “grad party” in the fifth hour, along with Chloe x Halle, Maluma, and Katy Perry.
The YouTube graduation ceremony special will also feature speeches from 25 members of the Class of 2020.
YouTube is partnering with Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative to fund under-represented and at-risk youths. The “Dear Class of 2020” fund donors include Course Hero, Box Tops for Education, McDonald’s, and Strada Education network.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a YouTube special without tons of YouTube stars on hand to offer their wisdom. Mark Rober, The Try Guys, Margot Lee, Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Jade Bowler, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate, and more.
YouTube’s graduation ceremony is kicking off on Sunday, June 7th, at noon PST. When the streaming event goes live, Google Meet will offer up to 100 participants to watch the event together. Social distancing policies are still in effect in most states across the country.