‘Graduate Together 2020:’ Lockdown Grads to Celebrate With LeBron James, the Obamas and More


The class of 2020, meaning seniors in both high school and college, are joining up to celebrate their accomplishments virtually.

COVID Lockdown Forces a Virtual Graduation

The hour-long event, which takes place on Saturday, May 16, is called “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” Thanks to the novel coronavirus, these students weren’t able to participate in the regular ceremonies their schools normally offer.

So, celebs stepped up to help give them a virtual commencement ceremony to remember.

Elite Daily

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Tons of Celebs Will Join Star-Studded Graduation 

So, which celebrities are joining in on the fun?

  • LeBron James (host of the program)
  • Barack and Michelle Obama
  • Zendaya
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • David Dobrik
  • The Dolan Twins
  • The Jonas Brothers
  • Liza Koshy
  • Bad Bunny
  • Pharrell
  • H.E.R.
  • Kane Brown
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Karol G
  • Maren Morris

Expect lots of musical performances!

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How Can I Watch?

The event will air on cable TV, streaming sites, and social media platforms on Saturday, May 16. Yep, you can watch right from a preorder iPhone XR, if you want!

The program will be prerecorded. It will air at both 8 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. PT on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, The CW, FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel, Freeform, MSNBC and Univision.

Social media will air the ceremony at 8 p.m. PT/ 11 p.m. ET. Simply search for these channels:

  • Twitter – @GradTogether
  • TikTok – @GraduateTogether
  • YouTube – @XQAmerica
  • Facebook – @XQAmerica

According to Elite Daily, “students, educators, and their families can make the celebration their own by heading to social media before or during the show. Select local TV stations are expected to highlight high school students in the community. Meanwhile, Twitter will allow users to get in on the conversation with a special hashtag emoji for the Class of 2020 while Snapchat will be offering a #GraduateTogether Lens. People can also use the hashtag #GraduateTogether on any social media platform.”

The Times They Are a-Changin’

It might not be a traditional graduation, but honestly? It sounds 1,000x cooler than that. It’s tough that these kids had to switch to online learning for the final part of their senior experience and forego the opportunity to sit in a classroom with their peers. It’s certainly not the “classic” experience.

But LeBron James, Pharrell and Malala all showing up to send you off? That’s pretty sweet.

I wonder if every senior student in America will also receive a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” It’s not a real graduation if that doesn’t happen, right?

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