YouTube on Tuesday announced Dear Class of 2020, a virtual commencement celebration honoring high school and college seniors whose graduation ceremonies were canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The multi-hour livestream event, set to premiere June 6 on YouTube, will bring together inspirational leaders, stars and creators. Headliners are former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will each deliver commencement speeches as well as a joint message to this year’s graduates. Additionally, Michelle Obama’s Higher Reach initiative will host a full hour of content kicking off the celebration.
Additional commencement speakers include BTS, Lady Gaga, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, CEO of Alphabet and Google Sundar Pichai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai. BTS and others will perform at a virtual grad night afterparty.
Dear Class of 2020 will also include appearances from Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle, Zendaya, YouTube creators Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate, And The Try Guys.