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For the Class of 2020, it’s not business as normal.

As we head deeper into May, students all around the globe are being forced to reckon with the sad reality that milestone events like attending prom and receiving those long-awaited diplomas in graduation, just aren’t a possibility amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

What should be a momentous rite of passage, with social distancing measures making such events a public health hazard, sadly stands the risk of just becoming another day.

Luckily, celebrities all around the world are being of service and rising to the occasion, in hopes of helping the Class of 2020 to make good memories of their own. Stars like Dua Lipa, John Krasinki, Lebron James, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and a lot more have joined together over the weeks to throw virtual proms and plan virtual graduation ceremonies with commencement speeches from some of Hollywood’s elite.

Be sure to read on to see all those who rallied to make this a time the Class of 2020 will never forget.

BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA

As a part of YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement celebration which will premiere on Saturday, June 6, the former President and First Lady will each deliver commencement speeches  and provide a heartfelt joint message as well. In addition, the former POTUS will also deliver a commencement speech on a one-hour televised special, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, which will air across all major networks on Saturday, May 16.

BTS

The K-Pop kings will also be headlining a special Grad Night party on the website aside from delivering a commencement address during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” celebration.

LEBRON JAMES

For the one-hour special Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, the NBA superstar has partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute. The special will feature a commencement address from former President Barack Obama, as well as appearances from Bad Bunny, Ben Platt, H.E.R., Lena Waithe, Malala Yousafzai, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, and others, and will be airing commercial-free on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as entertainment and social media streaming platforms on Saturday, May 16.

OPRAH WINFREY

Not only did the media mogul surprise a college graduate during one of John Krasinki’s recent episodes of his YouTube series Some Good News, but she would also be delivering a commencement address during #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020that will be broadcast on Facebook Watch live on Friday, May 15.

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TOM HANKS

On May 2, America’s dad delivered a commencement speech for the graduating class of Wright State University, after recovering from COVID-19 himself.

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