May 20, 2020
Thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, high school seniors may not be able to celebrate their graduation by walking across the stage, but they can say they had former President Bill Clinton speak at their commencement.
Graduating seniors with the class of 2020 may not have had the chance for a real graduation celebration because of Covid-19.
However, celebrities and even former Presidents came together to make sure their shining moment was special. The 42nd USA President Bill Clinton recently hopped on the 2020 digital commencement circuit.
Bill Clinton was scheduled to be a featured speaker in Verizon's four-week "Class of 2020: Prepared for Something" sequence.
In what seemed to be a four-minutes recorded commencement speech, Clinton gave an encouraging and inspiring message to millions of graduates.
"Congratulations to the class of 2020 and all the educators, parents, friends, and mentors who helped you reach this milestone."
The father-of-one urged graduates to embrace the unstable world as the pandemic altered day-to-day living and aggravated inequality among different races. He continued,
"The coronavirus has given you a graduation you will never forget, and it's released you into an uncertain future."
"I urge you to embrace the challenge. The world needs you. Your country needs you. Even before the outbreak, you knew you were entering a world of growing inequalities, and divisive tribalism," said Clinton.
Clinton also appreciated the effort put by first responders, health care workers, and providers of essential services who risk their lives to provide what's needed to take care of the sick and go on with their everyday life.
The former Alaska Attorney General ended with a reassuring message urging the class of 2020 graduates to give in to charity and aid the work of front-line workers.
In addition to former President Bill Clinton, the CNN two-hour special featured Amy Schumer, Jason Alexander, Gal Gadot, Jack Gilinsky, Henry Winkler, Alex Rodriguez, Keegan-Michael Key, and Anthony Anderson.
While the second hour was a broadcast "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020," hosted by The LeBron James Family Foundation.
Additional performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Bazzi, and Foster the People during the first hour made it an unforgettable experience.