Barack Obama to deliver commencement address in TV special for 2020 graduates

Lawrence Kim
May 5, 2020

Headlining "Dear Class of 2020" are President Obama and Michelle Obama, who will each deliver individual commencement speeches - and a joint message - to graduates.

The series is part of Obama's Reach Higher initiative, which aims to 'inspire every student in the take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university'. "The festival-style line up combines classic commencement day themes with a diverse array of entertainment that will capture all of the emotions of graduation including pride, hope, optimism, and camaraderie". Also on the docket for commencement speeches are musicians Lady Gaga and BTS, activist/Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Alphabet (YouTube's parent) CEO Sundar Pichai and former White House officials Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates. BTS and others will perform at a virtual grad night after-party.

Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and a number of prominent YouTubers are listed among the "Special Appearances". Graduates can also set a reminder for the show and sign their name on the Dear Class of 2020 Shout Out Board at

"You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family.", he wrote in the caption.

The special is being produced by Done and Dusted.

"Your graduation ceremony just got bigger", the organizers of "Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020" announced, with a one-hour event planned to air simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and stream on multiple platforms at 8 p.m.

Notable celebrities will also join in, including Lakers' forward LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, The Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R., and Ben Platt.

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