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Dear Class of 2020: This Livestream Concert’s for You


Dear Class of 2020: This Livestream Concert’s for You

YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’ should be a grad celebration for the history books

In the last few months, the class of 2020 has received nothing but bad news. But the folks over at YouTube have a little grad gift that might brighten your day.

YouTube is partnering with Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, Born This Way Foundation, Malala Fund, the Today Show, and Ideas United to celebrate graduates around the world.

Together, they’re presenting a special livestream graduation event called “Dear Class of 2020” on June 6.

It promises to be a commencement ceremony like none other.

The Line Up

Right out of the gate, the event’s headliners are heavy hitters: Barack and Michelle Obama. They will each deliver a commencement speech, and come together for a joint address to encourage this year’s grads.

Michelle Obama’s initiative, Reach Higher, will roll out a full hour presentation that tells the stories of students around the world. Then, several speakers will take the virtual stage, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Malala Yousafzai, and Lady Gaga.

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After that impressive line up of speakers, a cast of artists will crank up the fun factor with a full livestream concert. The performance includes Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, BTS and Lady Gaga.

Other special appearances include Kerry Washington, Dude Perfect, The Try Guys, AsapSCIENCE, Mr. Kate, Zendaya, and the list goes on.

But why?

With the lockdowns and social distancing measures in place, graduates won’t get to enjoy the normal festivities surrounding graduation this year. Four years of hard work can’t culminate in…nothing.

This event is an attempt to give them something special to enjoy even if they can’t physically attend a graduation ceremony at their school.

Susanne Daniels, the global head of content for YouTube, says that she hopes the event will encourage and inspire this year’s seniors despite the circumstances.

It won’t quite be the same but bringing together popular artists and speakers for an incredible online event is YouTube’s gift to the entire class of 2020 — to let them know they’re not forgotten.

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Tune in

Viewers can tune it to watch “Dear Class of 2020” on the YouTube Originals channel or on the Learn@Home website.

The multi-hour event will begin at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 6. Those who want to keep the celebration going can stick around for the afterparty hosted by BTS.

Other livestream events

“Dear Class of 2020” isn’t the only big livestream event in the works. With so many festivals, concerts and events canceled, almost everyone is looking for creative ways to kick off summer, or just come together.

Here are a few upcoming events worth tuning into:

  • The Hot Pink Evening at 8 pm on May 20 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation;
  • The Red Nose Day Special at 9 pm May 21 on NBC featuring various popular artists.
  • The National Memorial Day Concert at 8 pm ET May 24 on YouTube, Facebook, and PBS.

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