Barack and Michelle Obama graced YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020,” an online graduation ceremony that was also participated by celebrities and political figures. Together, they shared words of wisdom and encouragement to the graduates confronting pressing global issues.
Mrs. Obama emphasized that, despite the lack of a formal event, graduates must give credit to their loved ones who have played significant roles in reaching such a milestone. The former first lady also complimented the graduates’ resiliency particularly in the past several weeks. The pandemic compelled students and instructors to shift and adapt quickly to online learning, plunging them into what could be an unfamiliar learning landscape.
Barack Obama also affirmed that education is one of the best investments anyone can make, and graduates must take advantage of its long-term benefits.
“So, you all have done something great. Hold your heads high and celebrate,” said the former POTUS, who encouraged the graduates to be proud of their work despite the hurdles and uncertainties.
Michelle then threw in her joke, “go ahead and do a little dance, a cool dance.”
Barack urged the class of 2020 to make a difference because as part of the smartest generation, they are highly capable of forging a significant change to society.
Aside from the Obamas, the ceremony featured other celebrities like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Alicia Keys, which gave their congratulatory messages.
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