Today is the big day! YouTube Originals presents the “Dear Class of 2020″ commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. ET, which will open with Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic performing “Pomp and Circumstance” and remarks from Alicia Keys.
Former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, BTS, Lady Gaga, Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Sundar Pichai and Malala Yousafzai will serve as the official commencement speakers for the four-hour virtual graduation, which was pushed back a day to honor George Floyd’s memorial service.
Mr and Mrs. Obama will greet the graduates with a special message during the ceremony’s first hour, hosted by her Reach Higher initiative. This marks the first time both the former President and First Lady appeared on the same “stage” for commencement speeches.
Plenty of celebrity appearances and performances are in the works, including two mega collaborations: Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Kelly Rowland, Shonda Rhimes, Misty Copeland and Janelle Monáe will recite Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem, while Finneas will produce a special rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day” featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ben Platt, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Watch the livestream on the YouTube Originals channel and the Learn@Home website, but for graduates wanting to get the virtual party started in the middle of the ceremony, there’s a way. Members of the Class of 2020 can digitally connect with up to 99 of their classmates and family members by setting up a watch party on Google Meet, a secure video meeting platform that’s free for anyone with an email address.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020, and enjoy your ceremony starting at 3 p.m. ET below!