The LeBron James family foundation had made sure that the graduation class of 2020 will be getting a ceremony they deserve. Through the foundation, James accumulated many well-known people from different fields for a star-studded ceremony.
“Seniors, tonight is for you,” James said hosting the ceremony. “Tonight, we honor 12 years of your hard work, studying, the tests, early mornings and late nights and we honor everyone who got you here.”
At a time when the schools remain closed, James reiterated their importance to the community. “The community needs you,” he told the graduates. “Class of 2020, I know the last thing you want to hear right now is stay home…my message is, ‘Stay close to home.'”
He went on to encourage the students who are going into a new phase in their life. “Pursue every ambition. Go as far as you possibly can dream,” he said.
“And be the first generation to embrace a new responsibility—a responsibility to rebuild your community. Class of 2020, the world has changed. You will determine how we rebuild and I ask that you make your community your priority.”
Class of 2020 is gonna be special: LeBron James
James was hosting the event that had a lot of stars. Former US President Barack Obama joined the event to give the commencement speech.
In his speech, Obama encouraged the students, talking about how proud he was of their achievements.
Among other guests at the event were Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Ben Platt.
I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ngR2ykx3A2
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 5, 2020
It was a ceremony that, although amidst lockdown, many might have enjoyed with so many celebrities being a part of it. The youngsters, as James said, are ready to change the world.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the class of 2020 is gonna be something really special,” he said. “After all this, you guys are prepared for anything. We are all ready for the class of 2020 to change the world.”
The one-hour event titled “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” aired on various broadcast networks and their digital partners.