Several high-profile celebrities, including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Shawn Mendes, congratulated this year’s high school and college graduates from the United States at an online graduation ceremony hosted by Michelle and Barack Obama.
“You did something remarkable,” US singer Alicia Keys said at the spectacle broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, in which all those involved spoke out in pre-recorded video messages.
“It was a hard week, a hard month and a hard year, and I know that right now it doesn’t feel like there is much to celebrate. But it’s OK if you don’t feel OK right now,” she said.
Grammy award-winning artist Taylor Swift said an online graduation ceremony amid a pandemic and mass protests against racism and police brutality may not be what the students hoped for.
“But expect the unexpected and still celebrate,” Swift said.
Singer Beyonce also congratulated the graduates and said, “you are everything the world needs now.”
Former US first lady Michelle Obama said the US was experiencing an “important transition period.”
“Even in difficult times, you keep giving me hope. Graduates, you are exactly what we need now. You learned so much so quickly, and I know that you can not only do it better than those that came before you – you will.”
Watch the full YouTube Originals “Dear Class of 2020” below: