Let’s get this e-party started!
Although the world is going through hard times, we need to turn off the negative and focus on our future. That includes the future of our nation, which is the younger generations. Around this time, every year, students from all over the United States start getting ready to receive their graduation diploma, whether it is from middle school, high school, or college. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of us cancel or postpone our plans, but thanks to technology the Class of 2020will be able to experience a never-before-seen celebration.
Starting on May 15th, students will be able to enjoy the multi-hour commencement broadcast #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook Watch and the Facebook app, and Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Simone Biles, and Miley Cyrus are going to share words of wisdom for the graduates.
Joining these stars throughout the broadcast will be other well-known figures including Amy Schumer, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Luis Fonsi, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Usher, AdamRayOkay (as Rosa), Amy Schumer, Andy Cohen, AnnaSophia Robb, Antoni Porowski, Ashley Graham, Becky Lynch, Bailey Sok, Bobby Berk, Bretman Rock, Cardi B, Charles Melton, Chiney Ogwumike, Chris Paul, Chrissy Metz, Cookie Monster & Grover, Daddy Yankee, Damian Lillard, David Dobrik, David Oyelowo, Desus Nice & The Kid Mero, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dixie D’amelio, DJ Khaled, Drew McIntyre, Dude Perfect, Emily Ratajkowski, Gloria Estefan, Gordon Ramsay, Hailee Steinfeld, Huda & Mona Kattan, Iliza Shlesinger, Jess & Gabriel Conte, J.J. Watt, Jonathan Van Ness, John Mayer, Joshua Bassett, Julian Edelman, Kandi Burruss, Karamo Brown, Kofi Kingston, Kristen Bell, La La Anthony, Lacy Evans, Lana Condor, Lisa Leslie, Lisa Vanderpump, Lizzy Greene, Luis Fonsi, among others.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, introduced Oprah Winfrey, and Miley Cyrus performed her hit song, “The Climb.”
To make sure every student had the possibility to be part of the celebration, the social media company offered a virtual graduation hub classof2020.fb.com for more ways to celebrate graduates, like hosting a virtual graduation ceremony on Facebook Live. In addition, a graduation-themed AR Effects on the Facebook app, Instagram, and Messenger including graduation speech filters with customizable tassels and college-themed stoles, were available.
Once the Live Stream is over, it does not mean that Facebook will stop celebrating, helping, and acknowledging our students. To support grads as they do that, Facebook will launch Community Help in the U.S. in the coming weeks for college students and high school seniors headed to college. Students, teachers, and alumni can offer and request assistance with career, housing, moral support, fitness, and supplies.
Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it!