2020 is only half over, and major life events continue to be canceled or postponed, including graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020.
In response, YouTube put together an all-hands-on-deck special web event called Dear Class Of 2020, which was streamed live on Sunday.
Megastars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Jennifer Lopez joined Barack and Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and many others to congratulate and celebrate graduating college and high school seniors remotely, while also taking time to acknowledge the unique moment the world finds itself in.
From the heart: Beyonce delivered a truly emotional and pointed commencement address as part of YouTube’s special web event called Dear Class Of 2020 on Sunday
Lizzo kicked off the virtual festivities with a beautiful flute rendition of popular graduation standard Pomp And Circumstance, followed by inspiring welcome messages from Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake.
Soon after, Beyonce appeared to deliver a truly emotional and pointed commencement address, touching on everything from the unjust killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery to sexism in the entertainment industry.
The central message of Beyonce’s lengthy statement: ‘Keep investing and keep betting on yourself.’
Meaningful: Michelle Obama also appeared with her husband and alone to speak to graduates
Lighter note: Taylor Swift also shared her thoughts
The livestream event enjoyed appearances from: Billie Eilish, Missy Elliot, Chris Martin and so many others over the course of three-four hours on Sunday