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Lady Gaga isn’t just a successful singer but she has given us countless reasons to love her especially for her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. She joined several celebrities during the “Dear Class of 2020” YouTube virtual graduation ceremony held on Sunday which was centred on camaraderie, resilience, and hope.

Many students are affected by the pandemic and unlike other graduates before them, it’s impossible for them to gather in one venue to receive their diploma. YouTube’s virtual ceremony paved the way for graduates to listen and watch varied commencement speeches from inspiring individuals and celebrities such as Lady Gaga.

The “Rain On Me” singer started her speech by saying that she recorded a different speech two weeks ago which focused more on kindness amid the coronavirus pandemic around the world. The 34-year-old singer said that her speech was written before the incident involving the killing of George Floyd. There’s much to be sad about what’s happening to the country but there’s also reason to celebrate.

She added that they’re watching a pivotal moment in the evolution of the United States. They are living witnesses of the change going on in the country but this change will happen and it’s going to be for the better.

The singer said, “When I look past the rage that I feel about this systemic oppression, and physical and emotional violence that has tortured the Black community endlessly, my mind turned to nature. When I think about racism in America, I imagine a broad forest filled densely with tall trees; trees as old as this country itself. Trees that were planted with racist seeds. Trees that grew prejudice branches and oppressive leaves and mangled roots that buried and entrenched themselves deep within the soil forming a web so well-developed and so entangled that pushes back when we tried to look clearly at how it really works. This forest is where we live.”

She went on to say, “You are the seeds that will grow into a new and different forest that is far more beautiful and loving than the one we live in today […] I believe you beautiful seeds have been presented with a wonderful gift. The opportunity to reflect in this powerful moment… on your morals, your principles and your values and how they will guide you through life as it presents itself and as you wonder where it will take you. Your morals, principles and values—I strongly believe now must be sincere and authentic to you. Your principles must come from your heart. Your values must come from your brain. Your morals must be derived from the whole you that you contribute lovingly to humanity.”

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Lady Gaga also talked about kindness. She said, “Sometimes being kind is hard. I’m sure you can think of a few unkind classmates, friends,  family members, strangers, people, teachers from your school or even times that you’ve acted unkindly […] So since being kind can mean doing a hard thing, sometimes even in the absence of kindness, people can still do the hard thing and be kind. I encourage you to be kind.”

In the end, Lady Gaga encouraged the graduates by saying, “I can’t wait to see your forest.”

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