Barack and Michelle Obama led a virtual graduation over the weekend. Many high school and college graduations were affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and had to search for other alternatives for graduation. I just watched the Netflix special “Becoming” and it was so inspiring, and to able to hear from the Obama’s and other celebrities, makes a graduation day very special.
The YouTube organized event opened with Mr. Obama, addressing the class of 2020, “Today is the culmination of a long journey, just as you were rounding the final turn, the world threw a pandemic your way…That’s a lot to ask of anybody, but despite all that, here you are.”
Other celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, former first daughter, Jenna Bush, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also addressed the graduating class about their entrance into the world at a time where many changes are taking place, including the current protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, “You have arrived here in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed black human being, and you still made it,” Beyoncé said. “Thank you for using your collective voice in letting the world know that Black Lives Matter.”
Michelle Obama urged students to get involved in their local elections and vote, while Barack ended the virtual graduation by congratulating the class of 2020 and encouraged them to continue to “make us proud.”