Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class Of 2020 | NBC News

Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class Of 2020 | NBC News


♪♪>>>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. WE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT IS NEWS, MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE, WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>TODAY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, OFFICIALLY CALLING IT A PANDEMIC. NONE OF US IS UNAFFECTED BY ITS IMPACTS.>>>COMING IN NOVEMBER, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING FOR STABILITY. >>I HAVE TO GO TO A FUNERAL, HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK? >>WE HAD TO PREPARE FOR GIVING BIRTH IN A PANDEMIC. >>THE IMPORTANCE OF MOVEMENT IS TO KEEP SPIRITS UP. ♪♪>>SENIORS, TONIGHT IS FOR YOU. TONIGHT WE HONOR TWELVE YEARS OF YOUR HARD WORK. THE STUDYING, THE TESTS. EARLY MORNINGS AND LATE NIGHTS. AND WE HONOR EVERYONE WHO GOT YOU HERE — YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY. UD CLASS OF 2020, THIS IS FOR YOU. EVERY STUDENT YOU SEE, THE VIDEOS IN OUR SHOW, THE PICTURES YOU SEE AROUND ME NOW, ARE ALL A PART OF YOUR GRADUATION CLASS. BEFORE WE GET TO THE SHOW, THERE IS SOMETHING I WANT TO SHOW — SAY, THANK YOU. YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD A REAL GRADUATION. I KNOW. YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD AN INCREDIBLE SENIOR YEAR, I KNOW THAT AS WELL. BUT, YOU MADE A SACRIFICE TO KEEP YOUR ATCOMMUNITY SAFE AND HEALTHY. ON BEHALF REOF ALL OF US, THANK YOU. THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND, THAT THE CLASS OF 2020 IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL. AFTER ALL OF THIS, YOU GUYS ARE READY FOR ANYTHING. TO CELEBRATE, BE PROUD. TONIGHT IS FOR YOU. WE ARE ALL READY FOR THE CLASS OF 2020 TO CHANGE THE WORLD. CONGRATULATIONS. >>WE’VE BEEN WAITING.>>YESSIR! AM I TOUGH? >>FOR OUR TURN.>>MOM, GUESS WHAT?>>WHAT?>>WE’VE BEEN WAITING >>FOR OUR TURN. >>THIS IS OUR MOMENT. >>WE CREATE OUR OWN MEMORIES. >>WE ARE RACING TOWARDS OUR FUTURE. >>THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULDN’T DO. >>THEN, EVERYTHING JUST CHANGED. >>HERE WE ARE. >>WHAT DO WE DO NOW? >>WE ARE STILL HERE. THIS IS STILL OUR RETURN. >>I AM PARKED A SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE DISTANCE AWAY. >>THIS IS STILL OUR MOMENT. >>TODAY, WE ARE TRANSFERRING OUR HOUSE INTO AN AT HOME — >>WE COULD OVERCOME ANYTHING. >>IT WASN’T WHAT WE EXPECTED. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT OURS ANYWAY. >>RIGHT NOW, ALL ACROSS AMERICA, 3.7 MILLION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE AT HOME, TOGETHER. GATHERED TO HONOR THEIR JOURNEY 12 YEARS IN THE MAKING. JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE CLASS OF 2020 AND GRADUATING TOGETHER.>>♪ OH, SAY, CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT, ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAIL’D AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS, THRO’ THE PERILOUS FIGHT, ♪ ♪ O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCH’D, WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THRO’ THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. ♪ ♪AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THRO’ THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. ♪ ♪ O SAY, DOES THAT STAR- SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪>>HELLO, CLASS OF 2020. I JUST WANT TO GIVE A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE TEACHERS OUT THERE. MY MOTHER’S A TEACHER, SO I KNOW HOW HARD ALL OF YOU GUYS ARE WORKING. WHAT MAKES A SENIOR?>>HELLO CLASS OF 2020, I WANT TO GIVE A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE TEACHERS OUT THERE. MY MOTHER WAS A TEACHER SO I KNOW HOW HARD YOU GUYS ARE WORKING. WHAT MAKES A SENIOR, IS IT A TRADITION, LIKE PROM? IS IT THE START OF A NEW CHAPTER? THANKFULLY, SENIORS HAVE SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST YOUR SENIOR YEAR, IT’S EVERY MOMENT FROM THE DAY YOU WERE BORN LEADING UP TO RIGHT NOW. ALL THE EVENTS AT UP TO MAKE YOU THE CLASS OF 2020. >>WE CAME INTO THE WORLD JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, READY TO MAKE A LOT OF NOISE. >>IN THE CHAOTIC WORLD THAT WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND. BUT, TO US, IT WAS NEW AND FULL OF WONDER. >>YOU WAVE GOODBYE TO A SIMPLER TIME AND SAY HELLO TO A NEW CHAPTER. >>YOU STARTED TO FIGURE OUT THAT THE WORLD IS MUCH BIGGER THAN US, AND EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT WITH IT. >>DOES EVERYBODY IN SCHOOL HAVE THESE? >>YEAH. >>AND THEN THINGS GOT AWKWARD. >>WE FINALLY GOT CELL PHONES. AT LEAST UNTIL CURFEW. >>TRIED ON PERSONALITIES. >>WE DANCED A LOT. >>A NEW ERA WAS COMING. >>I’LL NEVER FORGET MY FIRST DAY OF FRESHMAN YEAR. >>WE WATCH THE CLASSES BEFORE US GET THERE YEAR, THERE MOMENT. >>WE ALWAYS KNEW WE WOULD GET THAT TOO. OUR MOMENT CAME IN AWAY NO ONE COULD HAVE EXPECTED. >>WE WERE MADE TO THIS. >>THIS IS NO TIME TO BE QUIET. WE WERE BORN TO MAKE NOISE. AND WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED. ON AND I’M A GRADUATE FROM THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS AT HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL IN LOS >>MY NAME IS DeSHAWN JOHNSON AND I’M A GRAD A GRADUATE OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS. >>FROM WONDER IS GOING MOUNT PLEASANT NORTH CAROLINA. >>WELCOME OUR NEXT GUEST. ♪ I’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE ONE TO SAY THE FIRST GOODBYE HAD TO LOVE AND LOSE A HUNDRED MILLION TIMES ♪ ♪ HAD TO GET IT WRONG>>[ MUSIC ] NOW I’M FALLIN’ ♪ ♪ YOU SAY MY NAME LIKE I HAVE NEVER HEARD BEFORE I’M INDECISIVE BUT THIS TIME I KNOW FOR SURE ♪ ♪ I HOPE I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT FEELS IT ALL ARE YOU FALLIN’ ♪ ♪ CENTER OF ATTENTION YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET WHATEVER YOU WANT FROM ME WHENEVER YOU WANT IT BABY ♪ IT’S YOU IN MY REFLECTION NOW I’M AFRAID OF ALL THE THINGS YOU COULD DO TO ME IF I WOULD’VE KNOWN IT BABY♪ ♪ I WOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE I WAS DOIN’ BETTER ALONE ♪ ♪ BUT WHEN YOU SAID HELLO I KNEW THAT WAS THE END OF IT ALL ♪ ♪ I SHOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE NOW THERE AIN’T NO LETTING YOU GO ♪ ♪ AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE THAT COULD BREAK MY HEART ♪ ♪ OH NO I WAS DOIN’ BETTER ALONE ♪ ♪ BUT WHEN YOU SAID HELLO I KNEW THAT WAS THE END OF IT ALL ♪ ♪ I SHOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE NOW THERE AIN’T NO LETTING YOU GO ♪ ♪ AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE THAT COULD BREAK MY HEART ♪ ♪ OOH BREAK MY HEART OOH BREAK MY HEART OOH ♪ ♪ AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE THAT COULD BREAK MY HEART ♪>>[ MUSIC ] ♪ I WOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE I WAS DOIN’ BETTER ALONE ♪ ♪AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE WHO CAN BREAK MY HEART. ♪ E END OF IT ALL ♪ ♪ I SHOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE NOW THERE AIN’T NO LETTING YOU GO ♪ ♪ AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE THAT COULD BREAK MY HEART ♪ ♪ OH NO I WAS DOIN’ BETTER ALONE ♪ ♪ BUT WHEN YOU SAID HELLO I KNEW THAT WAS THE END OF IT ALL ♪ ♪ I SHOULD’VE STAYED AT HOME ‘CAUSE NOW THERE AIN’T NO LETTING YOU GO ♪ ♪ AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE ONE THAT COULD BREAK MY HEART ♪>>HI, MY NAME IS BRIAN SIMPKINS.>>MY NAME’S ALENA JARRETT AND I’M A SENIOR AT SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL IN SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA.>>I’M A SENIOR AT CHAPARRAL >>MY NAME IS ALETA AND I MAY SENIOR AT SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL IN SARASOTA, CALIFORNIA. >>MY FAVORITE COMEDIAN OF ALL TIME, KEVIN HART. >>GOT ME ON THE SAME SHOW AS LJ AND BO. BARACK AND I ARE ON A FIRST NAME BASIS. YOU GUYS KILLED IT. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES. IT’S SO COOL, SO DOPE, I WANT TO GIVE YOU GUYS SOME HISTORY OF MINE, I GRADUATED FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 97. AS YOU CAN PROBABLY IMAGINE I WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR KIDS IN SCHOOL, THAT’S A LIE. I WASN’T. I WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE FUNNIEST. MY MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL? THAT WAS WHEN I GOT CAUGHT WITH SNEAKERS ON THAT WERE TOO BIG. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I TOOK MY BROTHER SNEAKERS AND WENT TO SCHOOL AND THEY WERE A SIZE 10 AT THE TIME I WAS LIKE A SIZE 7. THE REASON I WORE THEM BECAUSE I FELT LIKE GIRLS WOULD LIKE GUYS WITH BIG FEET FOR WHATEVER REASON. USE YOUR IMAGINATION. THAT BACKFIRED ON ME. MY LOCKER WAS CONSTANTLY CROWNED BECAUSE IT HAD ANYTHING IN IT. I WAS SO ORGANIZED IN SCHOOL. THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE IN SCHOOL, I DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE MORE GIVEN TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. I WANT TO SEE OUR EDUCATIONAL UPBRINGING, PROGRESS. I WANT FINANCIAL LITERACY TO BE CURED BECAUSE I WANT TO GIVE THE INFORMATION TO OUR YOUTH SO THAT WE CAN GO TO DO BIG THINGS IN THIS WORLD. YOU GUYS ARE OUR FUTURE LEADERS WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT, KNOW THAT A MISTAKE TO DO THAT, CONGRATS. SEE YOU TOMORROW. >>THE LAST 12 YEARS OF SCHOOL HAVE PREPARED YOU ALL TO GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, AND THE GLOBAL CITIZENS. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE AMID CIRCUMSTANCES THAT HAVE AFFECTED OUR FAMILY, OUR FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITIES, I AM INSPIRED BY HOW MANY OF YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ASK, HOW CAN I BE OF SERVICE. YOU HAVE ASKED, WHAT CAN I DO, RIGHT NOW, FOR MY FAMILY? FOR MY NEIGHBOR? FROM MY COMMUNITY? FOR MY STATE? OR MY WORLD OR ENVIRONMENT? WE PUSH THE BOUNDS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HERO, AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS WITNESSING THE SUPERPOWER OF OUR GENERATION. WE SEE YOU JUMPING IN, UTILIZING YOUR TEST SKILLS, TURNING YOUR TALENT INTO COMMUNITY, BUILDING WEBSITES, TEACHING ONLINE SCIENCE CLASSES, PRODUCING VIRTUAL DANCE CONCERTS, AND 3-D PRINTING MASKS. YOU ARE USING YOUR VOICES TO ADVOCATE. WHEN I THINK OF THE CLASS OF 2020 I THINK OF A QUOTE FROM MY INSPIRATION AUTHOR JAMES BALDWIN. NOT EVERYTHING THAT IS FACED CAN BE TAMED, BUT NOTHING CAN BE TAMED UNTIL IT IS FACED. THIS QUOTE FEELS LIKE OUR MOTTO, BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES IS THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO PUSH FORWARD. I AM SO PROUD TO BE IN COMMUNITY WITH YOU ALL, THE CLASS OF 2020. SO, LET’S KEEP LEARNING TOGETHER. STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND FAMILY. TEXT XQ2724 765. CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020. >>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT GOT ME THROUGH WAS WORKING HARD AND ALWAYS PURSUE YOUR DREAMS NO MATTER WHAT. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THE SAME RESILIENCE. >>SHE WAS NOMINATED BY HER FELLOW TEAMMATE AS MOST INSPIRING. THIS AMAZING YOUNG WOMAN HERE TONIGHT TO INSPIRE US ALL, PLEASE WELCOME PRISCILLA OUR SEO. >>I’M A GRADUATING SENIOR FROM SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA. I AM HONORED TO BE SPEAKING TO YOU ALL TODAY, AS MY HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN. THIS FALL, I WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA. MAJORING IN ENGLISH, AND I WILL BE THE FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE. BUT, I WAS NOT ALWAYS SURE I WOULD GET TO THIS STAGE. WHEN I WAS SIX MY MOM MADE A DIFFICULT DECISION, LEAVING MY ABUSIVE FATHER. THAT MEANT WOULD BE WE WOULD BE SAFE BUT IT ALSO MEANT WE WOULD BE POOR. AND HAVE TO STRUGGLE TO PAY OUR BILLS. I AM HERE BECAUSE OF MY MOM’S HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE. BUT ALL THAT SHE DID FOR ME WAS NOT ALWAYS SEEN OR APPRECIATED BY OTHERS. THAT IS MY BIGGEST MOTIVATOR, BECAUSE WHEN I AM SUCCESSFUL AND WHEN THEY COME BACK TO HELP MY COMMUNITY, HER HARD WORK WILL HAVE BEEN FOR SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THE TWO OF US. CLASS OF 2020, WE ARE ALL FACING OUR OWN CHALLENGES, AS A GENERATION, AS A COMMUNITY, AND AS A PLANET. BUT, I KNOW WE CAN OVERCOME THEM. WE HAVE SHOWN THE WORLD WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CREATIVE, RESOURCEFUL, AND RESILIENT. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE TO LEARN CALCULUS OF RESUME. WE ALL LOST OUT ON PROM AND PROPER GRADUATION. WE ARE SAD EVERY DAY THAT WE DID NOT GET TO SAY GOODBYE TO OUR CLASSMATES WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED DOWN. AND WHO KNEW WE WOULD HAVE TO SEND I MISS YOU POSTCARDS TO FRIENDS WHO LIVE TWO BLOCKS AWAY. BUT, I HOPE STORIES LIKE MINE REMIND YOU THAT WHEN WE GET KNOCKED DOWN, WE GET UP STRONGER. SO, CLASS OF 2020, LET’S CELEBRATE OURSELVES FOR GETTING THROUGH THIS MOMENT, AND THANK THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED US. WE DID IT, TOGETHER. >>>HELLO TO THE CLASS OF 2020. I’M HAPPY TO GET A CHANCE TO BE HERE AND CELEBRATE WITH ALL OF YOU TONIGHT. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR STUDENTS, FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS NOT BEING ABLE TO ATTEND YOUR GRADUATION CEREMONIES. I AM JOINED BY THIS YEAR 2020 GRADUATES AT LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL, AND THOSE STANDING BEHIND ME TO INSPIRE US. I WANT TO SHOUT ALL THREE OF MY OWN, MS. WATKINS, MRS. ABER, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020, BE WELL, BE SAFE, BELOVED.>>TO SAY THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME. >>THANK YOU MS. MESSIER. >>TEACHERS SEE THE FUTURE AND THEIR STUDENTS. YOU, THE CLASS OF 2020, CHANGE THE WORLD, JUST KNOW THAT EVERY TEACHER HAS YOUR BACK. >>IT’S GONE WAY BEYOND THE NORMAL ROLE OF THE TEACHER. SHE DROVE BY ALL 160 OF HER STUDENTS HAS ASKED US TO LIFT EVERYONE’S SPIRITS. >>I HAVE TO GO SEE THESE KIDS AND I NEED TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS DOING OKAY. >>I WANT TO THANK MISTER AMOS FOR HELPING ME START MY SMALL BUSINESS AT 17. >>YOU’RE GOING TO LOOK AT HOW MUCH TRASH GETS FUNNELED INTO HOUSTON FROM OUR OWN ACTIVITIES. >>HERE IS ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS, IT STARTS WITH US. >>OUR TEACHER MAKING SURE THAT WE DIDN’T STOP EVEN DURING THE PANDEMIC. >>INSTINCT TOOK OVER 30 >>BECAUSE OF YOU I WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON IN MY FAMILY TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE. >>FROM THE CLASS OF 2020, THANK YOU TEACHERS. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>WHAT’S UP? I’M BRANDON TRAN, A GRADUATE FROM CHRISTIAN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA. >>GRADUATING IN ARTS FROM OAKLAND CALIFORNIA. >>SO EXCITED TO BE A PART OF TONIGHT’S EVENT. I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOMEONE WHO IS AN AMAZING LEADER AND IS PASSIONATE ABOUT PUBLIC INEQUALITY. >>EVERY GENERATION HAS A DEFINING MOMENT, A COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL LEAVE AN INDELIBLE MARK ON EACH MEMBER. IT BECOMES A PART OF THE FABRIC THAT DEFINES WHO YOU ARE, AND TIES YOU TOGETHER IN WAYS THAT LAST A LIFETIME. THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. AND, IT IS UNLIKE ANY WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE. WE DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT, WE CANNOT YET LOOK BACK AT ALL WE WENT THROUGH AND CRYSTALLIZE WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED. THESE MOMENTS CAN FEEL POWERLESS, PURPOSELESS AND OVERWHELMING. THE CLICHI WOULD BE TO ASK YOU ALL TO COME TOGETHER, BUT WE AREN’T TOGETHER. WE ARE SEPARATED IN WAYS THAT WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED, FACING A WORLD THAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. SO, I’M NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO COME TOGETHER. I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO DEMAND BETTER, TOGETHER. FOR MANY OF YOU, THIS YEAR WILL BE THE FIRST TIME YOU WILL CAST A BALLOT. I URGE YOU TO NOT MISS THE IMPORTANCE OF WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS IN TIMES OF CRISIS, AND IN TIMES OF TRIUMPH. FROM YOUR LOCAL MAYOR, TO YOUR GOVERNOR, YOUR SENATOR, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHO IS LEADING, MATTERS. I KNOW FIRSTHAND, THE POWER OF A MOVEMENT LED BY AND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. YOU ARE THAT NEXT GENERATION. TAKE THE TORCH AND LEAVE YOUR MARK. PLAN TO STAKE IN THE GROUND, AND BUILD THE FUTURE THAT YOU WANT, AND YOU BELIEVE IN, IT’S LIKE TO DO IT. >>MY NAME IS ELIZA ANDREW, I’M A SENIOR IN OAK RIDGE, NEW JERSEY. UP NEXT, WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TRIO. >>I AM SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE HENRY JOHN AND BEN PLATT. >>[ MUSIC ] THAT WE GOT CHEERS TO THE WISH YOU WERE HERE BUT YOU’RE NOT ♪ ♪ ‘CAUSE THE DRINKS BRING BACK ALL THE MEMORIES OF EVERYTHING WE’VE BEEN THROUGH ♪ ♪ TOAST TO THE ONES HERE TODAY TOAST TO THE ONES THAT WE LOST ON THE WAY ♪ ‘CAUSE THE DRINKS BRING BACK ALL THE MEMORIES AND THE MEMORIES BRING BACK MEMORIES BRING BACK YOU ♪ AS WE GO ON WE REMEMBER ALL THE TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER ♪ ♪ AND AS OUR LIVES CHANGE COME WHATEVER WE WILL STILL BE FRIENDS FOREVER ♪ ♪ THERE ARE PLACES I’LL REMEMBER ALL MY LIFE ♪ ♪ THOUGH SOME HAVE CHANGED SOME FOREVER NOT FOR BETTER SOME HAVE GONE AND SOME REMAIN ♪ ♪ THOUGH I KNOW I’LL NEVER LOSE AFFECTION FOR PEOPLE AND THINGS THAT WENT BEFORE ♪ ♪ I KNOW I’LL OFTEN STOP AND THINK ABOUT THEM IN MY LIFE I LOVED YOU MORE ♪ ♪ IT’S BEEN A LONG DAY WITHOUT YOU MY FRIENDS AND I’LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN ♪ ♪ WE’VE COME A>>[ MUSIC ] >>♪ IT’S BEEN A LONG DAY AND I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT IT WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN. >>♪ WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN ♪ ♪ WHEN I SEE YOU>>♪ I’LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN. ♪ AND DON’T ASK WHY ♪ ♪ IT’S NOT A QUESTION BUT A LESSON LEARNED IN TIME ♪ ♪ IT’S SOMETHING UNPREDICTABLE BUT IN THE END IT’S RIGHT ♪ ♪ I HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE ♪ ♪ IT’S SOMETHING UNPREDICTABLE BUT IN THE END IT’S RIGHT ♪ ♪ WE HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE ♪>>♪ WE HOPE YOU HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. ♪ >>ALL THE WAY FROM PUERTO RICO.>>THIS SONG IS DEDICATED TO YOU FOR DEFYING THE ODDS.>>THIS SONG IS DEDICATED TO YOU. >>[ MUSIC ] LESS HE WAS HOMELESS SHE ASKED HIM HIS NAME AND TOLD HIM WHAT HERS WAS ♪ ♪ HE GAVE HER A STORY ABOUT LIFE WITH A GLINT IN HIS EYE AND A CORNER OF A SMILE ♪ ♪ ONE CONVERSATION A SIMPLE MOMENT THE THINGS THAT CHANGE US IF WE NOTICE ♪ ♪ WHEN WE LOOK UP SOMETIMES THEY SAID I WOULD NEVER MAKE IT ♪ ♪ BUT I WAS BUILT TO BREAK THE MOLD THE ONLY DREAM THAT I BEEN CHASING ♪ ♪ IS MY OWN SO I SING A SONG FOR THE HUSTLERS ♪ ♪ TRADING AT THE BUS STOP SINGLE MOTHERS WAITING ON A CHECK TO COME ♪ YOUNG TEACHERS STUDENT DOCTORS PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINE ♪ ♪ KNOWING THEY DON’T GET TO RUN THIS GOES OUT TO THE UNDERDOG ♪ ♪ KEEP ON KEEPING AT WHAT YOU LOVE YOU’LL FIND THAT SOMEDAY ENOUGH ♪ YOU WILL RISE UP RISE UP YEAH YEAH YOU GONNA RISE UP OH ♪ ♪ I SING A SONG FOR THE HUSTLERS SINGLE MOTHERS YOUNG TEACHERS ♪ ♪ STUDENT DOCTORS PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINE KNOWING THEY DON’T GET TO RUN ♪ ♪ THIS GOES OUT TO THE UNDERDOG KEEP ON KEEPING AT WHAT YOU LOVE ♪ ♪ YOU’LL FIND THAT SOMEDAY ENOUGH YOU WILL RISE UP RISE UP YEAH ♪ ♪ YEAH YEAH OOOOOOH ♪>>HAPPY GRADUATION! YOU DID IT!>>HAPPY GRADUATION. YOU DID IT. >>>COMING UP ON GRADUATE TOGETHER, WE HAVE A MESSAGE FROM LeBRON JAMES, PERFORMANCES BY HER AND THE JONAS BROTHERS, PLUS A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. UATES. I’M KUMAIL NANJIANI.>>HELLO GRADUATES, THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME TO YOUR ISLAND. >>THE FIRST TIME OF ONE PANS AND WEEKS. JUST KIDDING ABOUT WEARING A PENCIL TO DISROBE. >>WATER YOUR PLANTS, LEARN FROM THOSE WHO DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, USE WHAT THE WORLD PUTS IN FRONT OF YOU. >>CONGRATS, CLASS OF 2020, SEE YOU OUT THERE, CAN’T WHAT TO SEE WHAT YOU CREATE IN OUR WORLD. >>HI, I’M OLIVIA WILDE. OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS A NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE, WHO HAS SPENT HER LIFE FIGHTING FOR EVERYONE’S RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION. AND, LEAVES HER NAME IS A CODE WORD AND BOOK SMART WHICH I’M POSITIVE IS HER LEAST IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT IT MEANS A LOT TO ME. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MULLAH. >>TO ALL THE GRADUATES OF 2020, LIKE ALL OF YOU, I AM ALSO MISSING MY GRADUATION CEREMONY THIS YEAR. AND WE ARE NOT ALONE. ACROSS THE WORLD, COVID-19 HAS FORCED MORE THAN 1 BILLION STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL. FOR MOST OF US THIS IS TEMPORARY , SO WE CONTINUE OUR EDUCATION AND FOLLOW OUR DREAMS. ESPECIALLY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS, WE WILL FORCE TO TAKE LOW PAYING JOBS TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES AND WHEN SCHOOLS REOPEN THEIR DESKS WILL BE EMPTY. I HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO EDUCATION AS WE DO. SO, I ASK YOU, TO REMEMBER THEM TODAY. IF YOU GO OUT AND CHANGE THE WORLD, DON’T LEAVE THEM BEHIND. THE CLASS OF 2020 TO BE DEFINED BY WHAT HAPPENED TO US, BUT BY HOW WE RESPONDED TO A. THE WORLD IS OURS NOW AND WE ARE EXCITED TO SEE WHAT WE MAKE OF IT. >>TONIGHT IS A CELEBRATION, A CELEBRATION OF DISCOVERING COURAGE AND UNITY. WE COME TOGETHER TONIGHT TO HONOR THE TEACHERS WE LOST AT THIS TIME. THE CLASS OF 2020 WILL BE THERE LIVING LEGACY. >>CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020. FOR SOME THIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGING FOUR YEARS. I BELIEVE THAT A LITTLE ADVERSITY MAKES FOR A COMPELLING STORY, SO WRITE A GOOD ONE, USE YOUR VOICES AND TALENT TO BE SEEN AND HEARD, THAT’S WHAT THESE NEXT TWO PERFORMERS HAVE DONE AND THEY HAVE COME TOGETHER TO CREATE SOMETHING PRETTY SPECIAL. CHIKA AND B MIKE. ♪ CAN’T LET CAN’T LET NOBODY TAKE TAKE TAKE TAKE TAKE TAKE>>[ MUSIC ] >>♪ HANDS ARE TREMBLING. ♪ TRYNA STEER THE WAY WHILE IN THE DARK ♪ ♪ HOPE I AIN’T CRASHIN’ IT NOW MY LITTLE HOBBY TURNED TO CASHIN’ OUT ♪ THINKING ‘BOUT WHO I’D BE IF I LISTENED TO DOUBT SAID I’D NEVER DO IT WELL LOOK AT ME NOW ♪ YOUNG GIRL OLD DREAM OLD SOUL OH DEAR PLAN B PLAN WELL GOOD LUCK NO FEAR ♪ ♪ JUST WAIT AND GOD WILL TELL YOU WHEN THE TIME’S NEAR ♪ ♪ BUT IF I NEVER JUMP THEN I DIE HERE ♪ ♪ THEY DON’T RIDE ‘TIL YOU PICK UP SPEED YEAH THEY THINK COLLEGE IS ALL YOU NEED ♪ ♪ AND I DON’T BLAME YOUR BRAINWASHIN’ ON YOU G IT TOOK ME NINETEEN YEARS TO FINALLY START TO BELIEVE ♪ ♪ AND THAT’S ME LISTEN I’MA MAKE IT IN THE RAIN OR SHINE ♪ ♪ ALL ABOUT MY MONEY DON’T WASTE MY TIME AIN’T NOBODY GONNA BRING ME DOWN ♪ ♪ I’M ON AN ELEVATOR I’M ON TO SOMETHING GREATER AIN’T NOBODY GONNA>>[ MUSIC ] KIDS WITH DEPRESSION ♪ ♪ THE ONE’S WHOSE PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS GOT THEM STRESSIN’ ♪ ♪ THE ONE’S WHO WOULD RATHER PERSEVERE BUST THEY — TRYNA MAKE IT ♪ ♪ ‘CAUSE THEY AIN’T REALLY LIVIN’ IN THE PRESENT ♪ THEY OUT HERE GRINDIN’ SEEKIN’ PERFECT TIMIN’ TUNIN’ OUT THE USELESS VOICES THAT DISCOURAGE RHYMIN’ ♪ GET A REAL JOB I DON’T ARGUE WITH MY DESTINY ♪ ♪ AND IF MY CHOICES DON’T AFFECT YOU WHY YOU TESTIN’ ME ♪ ♪ AND AS OF LATE I BEEN ASKIN’ GOD WHY HE BLESSIN’ ME ♪ ♪ LOOK I COULD CRY ENOUGH TEARS TO FILL THE CHESAPEAKE ♪ ♪ HOLD IT TOGETHER GIRL YOU DESERVE THE WORLD AND IF NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT ♪ ♪ THEN I’LL SPIT IT TO THE MIC IN THE STUDIO WHEN I LAY IT ♪ ♪ NOW PLAY IT WHEN YOU DISCOURAGED I KNOW CHASIN’ THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKE SOME COURAGE ♪ ♪ AND I CAN PROMISE AT THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE♪ ♪ WON’T NOTHIN’ FEEL MUCH BETTER THEN HEARIN’ MY YOU WON ♪ ♪ I’MA MAKE IT IN THE RAIN OR SHINE ALL ABOUT MY MONEY DON’T WASTE MY TIME ♪ AIN’T NOBODY GONNA BRING ME DOWN ♪ ♪ I’M ON AN ELEVATOR I’M ON TO SOMETHING GREATER AIN’T NOBODY GONNA TAKE MY CROWN ♪>>SHOUT OUT TO THE CLASS OF 2020. CONGRATULATIONS!>>SHOUT OUT TO THE CLASS OF 2020, CONGRATULATIONS. >>WHEN I BECAME A PARENT I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD BE TRACING MY KID. I HAD IT ALL PLANNED OUT. >>THE KIND OF TURNED ALL UPSIDE DOWN. >>>>I CONSIDER MYSELF TECH SAVVY.>>TAUGHT ME HOW NOT TO TECH TALK. >>NOT SO MUCH. >>HAD TO QUIBEC ON TWITTER. >>2:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. >>I’M LEARNING FROM THE MASTER.>>NETFLIX AND CHILL. >>WHAT I LEARNED FROM SYDNEY. >>YOU LEARN ABOUT WHO YOU ARE FROM YOUR CHILDREN. >>MATURITY. YOU THINK AS A MOTHER IT’S YOUR JOB TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THAT.>>I GOT TO LIVE UP TO BEING HER MOM.>>SORRY. ♪ I THROW MY HAIR BACK ♪>>THE CLASS OF 2020 TAUGHT ME PERSEVERANCE. >>COURAGE. >>RESILIENCE. >>POSITIVITY. >>WE ARE SMILING AND MOVING THROUGH EVERYTHING. >>THAT WILL JUST MAKE COLLEGE GRADUATION EVEN MORE SPECIAL. >>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH EDUCATION. >>MY NAME IS MORGAN. >>LA COUNTY EXPO FOR THE ARTS GETTING THINGS TOGETHER. >>CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. >>WE ARE SO HONORED TO SEE ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS. >>HER. ♪ SOMETIMES IT DON’T GO YOUR WAY SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA SOMETIMES ♪>>[ MUSIC ] ♪ I HAD A PLAN I HAD IT MAPPED OUT I KNEW WHERE I WAS GOING WHEN I LEFT OUT ♪ ♪ YOU COULDN’T TELL ME THAT I WOULDN’T BE THERE ON TIME ‘CAUSE I HAD SOME GUARANTEES I HAD A DEADLINE ♪ ♪ BUT NOW I KNOW THINGS CHANGE FOR BETTER OR WORSE ♪ ♪ YOU COULD SAY THAT I’M THE SAME BUT I ADJUSTED THROUGH ALL THE HURT ♪ ♪ SO MANY NOS SO MANY YESES DON’T WANT TO BLAME DON’T GOT THE ANSWERS ♪ ♪ I FELT THE PAIN I CAN ATTEST IT THAT’S JUST THE GAME AND I RESPECT IT ♪ ♪ ‘CAUSE SOMETIMES —- DON’T GO YOUR WAY SOMETIMES ♪ ♪ AND SOMETIMES YOU GON’ HAVE THOSE DAYS AND SOMETIMES YOU’LL FEEL OUT OF PLACE ♪ ♪ YOU CAN’T PROMISE ME IT’LL BE THE SAME NO ‘CAUSE SOMETIMES CHANGE ‘CAUSE SOMETIMES CHANGE ♪ ‘CAUSE SOMETIMES CHANGE ♪>>HERE IN AKRON, MANY KIDS HAVE IT TOUGH. THEY SAY WE WON’T MAKE IT. BUT WITH LeBRON HAVING OUR BACKS, WE’RE PROVING THEM WRONG.>>HERE IN AKRON MANY KIDS HAVE IT TOUGH. NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES BUT THE KIDS WHO LOOK UP TO US INCLUDING MY LITTLE BROTHER JUST ANOTHER KID FROM AKRON, LeBRON JAMES. >>THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2020. EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING THE CRITICAL ROLE OUR SCHOOLS AND CHARITY PLAY IN OUR LIVES AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SHUTDOWN. SCHOOLS ARE ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN LEARNING. IN PLACES LIKE AKRON, OHIO, SCHOOLS ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL SERVICE. IT MAY BE THE ONLY PLACE THAT SUPPORTS YOU, THE ONLY PLACE THAT PROTECTS YOU, AND FOR MANY, THE ONLY PLACE TO SEE YOU. OUR SCHOOLS ARE OUR SAFETY NET. OUR PEOPLE BUILD OUR COMMUNITY. THE CLASS OF 2020, AS YOU CELEBRATE TONIGHT, DO NOT FORGET YOUR SAFETY NET. EVERY TEACHER, EVERY COACH, EVERY PASTOR. THEY COME ALONG WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY GOT YOU TO THIS MOMENT. AND, NOW, IT IS TIME TO GO TO A NEW PLACE. IT IS TIME TO CHASE EVERY DREAM, EXCEPT EVERY CHALLENGE, STRIVE FOR GREATNESS, HONOR EVERY PROMISE AND COMMIT TO YOUR COMMUNITY. I KNOW, THAT IS THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT RIGHT NOW, I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TO DO ABOUT IT FOR THE LAST 18 YEARS, BUT IT’S THE TRUTH. FOR YOUR COMMUNITY I MEAN DIRECTLY, YOUR CHURCH, YOUR YOUTH GROUP, AND MOST OF ALL, YOUR SCHOOL. THEY NEED YOU. MOST IMPORTANTLY, GO TO BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY, SYSTEMS DON’T SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEM, EDUCATION, VIOLENCE, RACISM, THEY MUST BE SOLVED IN THE STREETS. CLASS OF 2020, I KNOW THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO HEAR RIGHT NOW IS STAY HOME, THAT IS NOT MY MESSAGE TO YOU. MY MESSAGES, STAY CLOSE TO HOME. MAYBE NOT PHYSICALLY, BUT IN EVERY OTHER WAY POSSIBLE. PURSUE EVERY AMBITION, GO AS FAR AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY DREAM AND BE THE FIRST GENERATION TO EMBRACE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO INCLUDE YOUR COMMUNITY. CLASS OF 2020, THE WORLD HAS CHANGED, YOU WILL DETERMINE HOW WE REBUILD. I ASK THAT YOU MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY YOUR PRIORITY. CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020. I LOVE ALL OF YOU. AND REMEMBER ONE THING, YOU ARE ALL KINGS AND QUEENS. >>I’M A GRADUATE OF EMERICK HIGH SCHOOL. >>CURRENTLY A SENIOR AT OPEN HOUSE WILL END UP IN CALIFORNIA.>>TONIGHT RESELLER THE CLASS OF 2020 >>[ MUSIC ] ♪ CHECK IT I PROPHESIZE THE FUTUR>>♪ CHECKIT, PROPHESY THE FUTURE. ♪ >>MUSIC? CLEAR TO THAT WAS NEVER WROTE ♪ ♪ ANOTHER ARTICLE WITH A QUOTE CORRUPT HEADLINES CLASSMATES SERVIN’ FAIR TIME ♪ ♪ OVERTHINK SIP RED WINE SHIFT PARADIGMS IN MY LIFETIME ♪ ♪ TRYINA’ DUCK TO SCORE THE PRISON PIPELINE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW IF I’M IN MY RIGHT MIND EYES OPEN, MOVING CAUTIOUS NEVER LACKIN’ ♪ TEN STEPS AHEAD PREPARED FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS AND WHAT IS MY INFATUATION WITH THIS PATH I’M FACIN’ ♪ ♪ GOT HOMIES THAT NEVER MADE IT TO GRADUATION I WAS BROKE AS UH>>[ MUSIC ] HE BIKE UP TO THE STORE ♪ ♪ I NEED A ROVER TRUCK A BENTLEY COUPE YEAH I’M WEARIN’ PRADA I LIKE FENDI TOO ♪ ♪ MY GRANDMA PASSED SHE HAD A HEART ATTACK WAS ONLY 62 ♪ ♪ COUSIN SHOT GOT ME PARANOID WHO THE TRUTH OR NOT GAVE MY BROTHER 25 YEARS ♪ ♪ THAT REALLY SUCKED A LOT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS IS BUILDIN’ UP ♪ ♪ YOU UH YOU’RE SO DRAMATIC GET THESE OTHER UH I’M THE ILLEST I’M THE COLDEST AT IT ♪ GIVE ME SOME WHAT WHAT GIVE ME SOME GIVE ME SOME ♪ ♪ WHAT WHAT GIVE ME SOME GIVE ME SOME ♪ ♪ WHOA WHOA GIVE ME SOME WHOA WHOA WHOA WHAT ♪>>SORRY! PLEASE USE THE ONE WITH FIRE. TURN IT OFF.>>DO DO DO. >>[ MUSIC ] ♪>>WE GOT YOU. HEY THERE, FUTURE POLITICIANS, MUSICIANS, AND ACTIVISTS AND MORE.>>WE’RE NOT GONNA LIE, WHAT >>FUTURE POLITICIANS MUSICIANS AND ACTIVISTS. >>GUYS ARE SERIOUSLY AMAZING. >>YOUR CREATIVITY IS INSPIRING.>>YOU ARE STILL LAUGHING TOGETHER. >>DANCING TOGETHER. A BALANCING ACT. >>TO BE EMBARRASSED. >>SEE THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE. >>I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THINGS ARE A LITTLE CRAZY RIGHT NOW. >>I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. >>GRADUATING CLASS TOGETHER FOREVER. >>YOU GO, CLASS OF 2020. KEEP STRIVING AND THRIVING. WE LOVE YOU. BYE, GUYS. WE’RE PROUD OF YOU.>>CLASS OF 2020, KEEP DRIVING, WE LOVE YOU. >>A GREAT SPEECH, LIKE A GREAT SONG, COMES FROM THE HEART. IT IS ONLY WHEN THE WORDS FLOW FROM AUTHENTIC EMOTIONS THAT IT CAN ACTUALLY REALLY RESONATE WITH THE MANY, VERSUS THE FEW. THIS VIDEO YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE DOES EXACTLY THAT. IT WAS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY GRADUATING SENIORS AT ARIZONA’S HIGH SCHOOL TO PROVIDE WORDS OF INSPIRATION TO THEIR CLASSMATES. WHAT THEY CREATED HAS GROWN. AND, THEY ARE NOW JOINED BY OTHER STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. >>HEY CLASS OF 2020. WE KNEW THIS YEAR WOULDN’T BE EASY, BUT I DON’T THINK ANY OF US COULD HAVE PREPARED FOR THIS. OUR LAST MOMENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL HAS COME TO AN UNFORTUNATE END. WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT, MANY OF US HAVE ALREADY SPENT OUR LAST MOMENTS ON OUR HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS. BY STICKING TOGETHER I KNOW WE WILL NOT ONLY GET THROUGH THIS WITH CONFIDENCE AND PRIDE, BUT IN A WAY THAT IS UNFORGETTABLE. >>WE DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER, AND WE DON’T — >>2020 WORKING EVERY WAY. >>WE ARE THE CLASS OF 2020, WE DON’T HIDE IN THE FACE OF DIVERSITY. DIVERSITY. WE DON’T BACK DOWN FROM OUR STRUGGLES WE KEEP OUR HEAD HELD HIGH. DESPITE DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE BROUGHT US TO THIS MOMENT. HOLD ONTO THEM. THE HARDSHIPS, THE MEMORIES, THE LAST, WILL PROPEL US INTO THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE. >>WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS BUT WE KNOW THAT WHATEVER IT IS, WE WILL DO IT TOGETHER. >>LOVE YOU. >>THIS MESSAGE IS NOT JUST OURS. STUDENTS ACROSS THEM AMERICA JOINED OUR VOICE. WHEREVER YOU ARE, ENJOY. >>JOIN US. >>JOIN US. >>JOIN US. BONDED AS THE CLASS OF 2020.>>WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF OUR FELLOW SENIORS AND WE ARE FOREVER BONDED IS A CLASS OF 2020. >>JOIN US. >>JOIN US. >>JOIN US. >>HI, MY NAME IS ANAYA AND I’M A SENIOR IN OHIO, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A FOUNDATION AT THE JOB CORE PROGRAM. THIS EXPERIENCE HELPS PROVIDE ME TO ENTER UNIVERSITY NEXT FALL ON A YATES SCHOLARSHIP. GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020, PLEASE WELCOME PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. >>HI, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU FOR THAT BEAUTIFUL INTRODUCTION. I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR TIME WITH THE OBAMA FOUNDATION. AND, OF COURSE, I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF ALL OF YOU IN THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020, AS WELL AS THE TEACHERS AND COACHES AND MOST OF ALL, PARENTS AND FAMILY HAVE GUIDED YOU ALONG THE WAY. NOW, GRADUATING IS A BIG ACHIEVEMENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. SOME OF YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME SERIOUS OBSTACLES ALONG THE WAY, WHETHER IT WAS ILLNESS, OR A PARENT LOSING A JOB, OR LIVING IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE PEOPLE TOO OFTEN COUNT YOU OUT. ALONG WITH THE USUAL CHALLENGES OF GROWING UP, ALL OF YOU HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE ADDED PRESSURE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, REPORTS OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, AND THE SPECTER OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND THEN, JUST AS YOU ARE ABOUT TO CELEBRATE HAVING MADE IT THROUGH, JUST AS YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO PROMS AND SENIOR NIGHTS, GRADUATION CEREMONIES, AND LET’S FACE IT, A WHOLE BUNCH OF PARTIES, THE WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. I KNOW AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOUR PARENTS, THE THOUGHT OF BEING STUCK AT HOME WITH THEM, WATCHING BOARDGAMES OR TARGETING ON TV IS NOT EXACTLY HOW YOU ENVISIONED THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR. NOW, I WILL BE HONEST WITH YOU. THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF MISSING A LIVE GRADUATION, THOSE WILL PASS PRETTY QUICK. I DON’T REMEMBER MUCH OF MY OWN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. I KNOW THAT NOT HAVING TO SIT THERE AND LISTEN TO A COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER ISN’T ALL THAT BAD. MY SPEECHES USUALLY GO ON WAY TOO LONG. ALSO, NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE LOOK GREAT IN THOSE CAPS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BIG EARS LIKE ME. AND, YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO CATCH UP WITH YOUR FRIENDS ONCE THE IMMEDIATE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IS OVER. BUT, WHAT REMAINS TRUE, IS THAT YOUR GRADUATION MARKS YOUR PASSAGE TO ADULTHOOD, THE TIME WHEN YOU BEGIN TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN LIFE, IS WHEN YOU GET TO DECIDE WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. WHAT KIND OF CAREER YOU WANT TO PURSUE, WHO YOU WANT TO BUILD A FAMILY WITH. THE VALUES YOU WANT TO LIVE BY. AND, GIVEN THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WORLD, THAT MIGHT BE SCARY. IF YOU PLANNED ON GOING AWAY FOR COLLEGE, GETTING DROPPED OFF AT CAMPUS IN THE FALL, THAT IS NO LONGER A GIVEN. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO WORK WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL, FINDING THAT FIRST JOB IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. EVEN FAMILIES THAT ARE RELATIVELY WELL-OFF ARE DEALING WITH MASSIVE UNCERTAINTY. THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING BEFORE, ARE HANGING ON BY A THREAD. ALL OF WHICH MEANS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GROW UP FASTER THAN SOME GENERATIONS. THIS PANDEMIC HAS SHAKEN OFF THE STATUS GROW AND LAID BARE A LOT OF OUR COUNTRY’S DEEP- SEATED PROBLEMS. FROM MASSIVE ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, TWO ONGOING RACIAL DISPARITIES, TO A LACK OF BASIC HEALTHCARE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. IT HAS BECOME A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO THE FACT THAT THE OLD WAYS OF DOING THINGS JUST DON’T WORK. THAT IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE, IF EVERYONE AROUND YOU IS HUNGRY AND SICK. AND, THAT OUR SOCIETY AND OUR DEMOCRACY ONLY WORK WHEN WE THINK NOT JUST ABOUT OURSELVES, BUT ABOUT EACH OTHER. IT HAS ALSO PULLED THE BACK ON ANOTHER HARD TRUTH, SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE TO EVENTUALLY ACCEPT ONCE OUR CHILDHOOD COMES TO AN END. ALL THOSE ADULTS THAT YOU USED TO THINK WERE IN CHARGE AND KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, IT TURNS OUT THEY DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. A LOT OF THEM AREN’T EVEN ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. SO, IF THE WORLD IS GOING TO GET BETTER, IT’S UP TO YOU. THAT REALIZATION MAY BE KIND OF INTIMIDATING. BUT, I HOPE IT IS ALSO INSPIRING. WITH ALL THE CHALLENGES THIS COUNTRY FACES RIGHT NOW, NOBODY CAN TELL YOU YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND, OR THIS IS HOW IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE. BECAUSE, WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY, WITH EVERYTHING SUDDENLY UP FOR GRABS, THIS IS YOUR GENERATION WORLD TO SHAPE. SINCE I AM ONE OF THE OLD GUYS, I WON’T TELL YOU WHAT TO DO WITH THIS POWER, THAT REST IN YOUR HANDS, BUT I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THREE QUICK PIECES OF ADVICE. FIRST, DON’T BE AFRAID. AMERICA HAS GONE THROUGH TOUGH TIMES BEFORE. SLAVERY, CIVIL WAR, FAMINE, DISEASE. THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND 9/11. AND EACH TIME, WE CAME OUT STRONGER. USUALLY, BECAUSE A NEW GENERATION, YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU, LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES, AND FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE THINGS BETTER. SECOND, DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT. DOING WHAT FEELS GOOD, WHAT IS CONVENIENT OR EASY, THAT’S HOW MOST KIDS THINK. UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF SO- CALLED GROWN-UPS INCLUDED SOME WITH FANCY TITLES AND IMPORTANT JOBS STILL THINK THAT WAY. WHICH IS WHY THINGS ARE SO SCREWED UP. I HOPE THAT INSTEAD, YOU DECIDE TO GROUND YOURSELF AND VALUES THAT LAST. LIKE HONESTY, HARD WORK, AND RESPONSIBILITY. FAIRNESS, AND GENEROSITY. RESPECT FOR OTHERS. YOU WON’T GET IT RIGHT EVERY TIME. YOU’LL MAKE MISTAKES, WE ALL DO. BUT, IF YOU LISTEN TO THE TRUTH INSIDE YOURSELF, EVEN WHEN IT IS HARD, EVEN WHEN IT IS INCONVENIENT. PEOPLE WILL NOTICE. THEY WILL GRAVITATE TOWARDS YOU, AND YOU WILL BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, INSTEAD OF THE PROBLEM. AND FINALLY, BUILD A COMMUNITY. NO ONE DOES BIG THINGS BY THEMSELVES. RIGHT NOW, WHEN PEOPLE ARE SCARED IT’S EASY TO BE CYNICAL AND SAY LET ME JUST LOOK OUT FOR MYSELF, MY FAMILY, OR PEOPLE WHO LOOK AND THINK OR PRAY LIKE ME. BUT, IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, IF WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A WORLD WHERE EVERYBODY HAS OPPORTUNITY TO FIND A JOB, AND FOR COLLEGE, IF WE ARE GOING TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT, AND DEFEAT FUTURE PANDEMICS, THEN WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER. SO BE ALIVE TO ONE ANOTHER’S STRUGGLES. STAND UP FOR ONE ANOTHER’S RIGHTS. LEAVE BEHIND ALL THE OLD WAYS OF THINKING THAT DIVIDE US, SEXISM, RACIAL PREJUDICE, STATUS AND GREED, AND SET THE WORLD ON A DIFFERENT PATH. WHEN YOU NEED HELP, MICHELLE AND I HAVE MADE THE MISSION OF OUR FOUNDATION, TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU THE SKILLS THAT ARE WORKING TO LEADING YOUR OWN COMMUNITY, AND TO CONNECT YOU WITH OTHER YOUNG LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND AROUND THE GLOBE. BUT, THE TRUTH IS, YOU DON’T NEED US TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO, BECAUSE, IN SO MANY WAYS, YOU HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO LEAD. CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020. KEEP MAKING US PROUD. >>THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ALL THE EDUCATORS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, TALENTED ARTIST, FAMILY MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY TO THE STEWARD TO COME TOGETHER TO CREATE THIS TRIBUTE TO THE CLASS OF 2020. HAPPY GRADUATION. YOU GUYS DID IT. GOOD NIGHT. >>HEY, CLASS OF 2020. WE ARE THE JONAS BROTHERS. ALL OF YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH SO FAR AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN EVERYTHING THAT IS AHEAD OF YOU. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE SENIORS, AND NOW LET’S PARTY. ♪ OOH LA LA BY THE POOL YEA SINGING BAILANDO ♪ ♪ TWO LONG NIGHTS WITH THE VIEW YE KEEPING THOSE BLINDS CLOSED ♪ ♪ SHE SAID I WANT TO FIND SOMEBODY BY NIGHT FALL ♪>>[ MUSIC ] ♪ SHE SAID OOH OOH OOH KISS ME LIKE YOUR EX IS IN THE ROOM-OOM-OOM ♪ ♪ DON’T BE AFRAID OF SOMETHING NEW IF YOU’RE PLAYIN RIGHT YOU COULD BE THAT SOMEONE ♪ ♪ THAT SOMEONE WHO WON’T LEAVE ME LONELY TONIGHT ♪ ♪ OOH LA LA MAKE A MOVE YEA BABY BY LAST CALL ♪ ♪ FULL MOON NIGHT WITH THE LIGHTS UP BABY YOU’RE EYES GLOW ♪ DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I FEEL LIKE I’M GONNA GO PSYCHO ♪ ♪ OOH LA LA IT’S COOL YEA BABY I’D LIKE TOO ♪ ♪ WATCHING HER MOVE I WAS LOST IN THE RHYTHM SHE PULLED ME CLOSE BY THE LOOK IN HER EYES ♪ ♪ DON’T KNOW HER NAME BUT I KNOW THAT I NEED HER SHE SAID BOY YOU WON’T BE LONELY TONIGHT ♪ ♪ SHE SAID OOH OOH OOH KISS ME LIKE YOUR EX IS IN THE ROOM-OOM-OOM ♪ ♪ DON’T YOU BE AFRAID OF SOMETHING NEW IF YOU’RE PLAYIN’ RIGHT YOU COULD BE THAT ♪ ♪ SOMEONE YEA THAT SOMEONE WHO WON’T LEAVE ME LONELY TONIGHT ♪ ♪ [ SINGING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] ♪♪ ♪ SHE SAID OOH OOH OOH KISS ME LIKE YOUR EX IS IN THE ROOM-OOM-OOM ♪ ♪ DON’T YOU BE AFRAID OF SOMETHING N>>[ MUSIC ] YOU COULD BE THAT ♪ ♪ SOMEONE YEA THAT SOMEONE WHO WON’T LEAVE ME LONELY TONIGHT ♪ ♪ OH OH OH TONIGHT THAT SOMEONE WHO YOU WON’T BE LONELY TONIGHT ♪>>I AIN’T BEEN OUT SO LONG I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO RIGHT NOW. >>LAST ONE. THEN I’LL BE DONE. >>IS EASILY POP UP ON YOUTUBE LIKE THREE YEARS LATER. EYES ♪>>CONGRATULATIONS. >>CONGRATULATIONS. >>CONGRATS, CLASS OF>>CONGRATULATIONS. >>CONGRATULATIONS. >>CONGRATS, CLASS OF 2020. DESPITE CONGRATS. CONGRATS. SEE YOU LATER. ♪ SHE SAID KISS ME LIKE YOUR STRACHAN IS ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS, >>WOULD YOU PREFER A 14 DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? >>IS ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >>RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS. HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP? >>OF NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND AS OF SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE, ONCE AGAIN WE ARE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU CONTINUE

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100 thoughts on “Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class Of 2020 | NBC News”

  • I was hoping for an inspirational message from President Obama. Well, I was more than a little disappointed. Instead, a mishmash of music videos and messages from all the seniors and Lebron James? I certainly didnโ€™t need the Jonas Broโ€™s. at the end? WTF?

  • There are some black families that have both a mother and father. Just sayinโ€™. Just a little sensitive on that one because at 56 my father recently died and he and my mother dated at 15, married at 18 and together until he died. His motto for college: no sitting out, no flunking out, no transferring; keep yourself marketable.

  • Louise Engohang says:

    GUYS TIMMY IS ON AGAIN 59:53
    "this is the part that leaks on YouTube like three years later"๐Ÿ˜‚
    And guys he was nervous because he took several takes ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Sharon Adams says:

    My son graduates this year. He will not be permitted to watch/listen to Obama. I do not know who decided this man would be a good example for our future minds. He is repulsive to me. Obama is responsible for allowing shortages in national medical equipment/supplies leading to the deaths of 1000's. Obama gave breath to racism. Obama allowed China to purchase too much of American business and land. Obama allowed too many American business to move to China, because our own government would not put incentives in place for these businesses to stay in America. Obama made sure our military weapons and forces were broken down and out dated. Obama is responsible for Flyn investigation costing Americans 100,000's dollars and causing a rift in government. Obama nutures hatred, deceit, fraud, discrimination, anger, jealousy, division. Obama is not speaking to anyone in my home of my family. Obama will never be welcome in our home or town. Everyone in our town is disgusted with him. Obama should be completely ashamed. Now i need to move on as i do not want to see the part of Obama speaking. One final note Obama putting the government down during a graduation speech proves how truly pathetic, imature, selfish, self-centered andugly he truly is.

  • The Scent of a Woman says:

    Congratulations Class of 2020 ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŽ‰โค๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

  • Gary Bailey/Reach The World says:

    Great thoughts however what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If you Barack will turn yourself in and confess to your crimes, we could have a whole lot more respect for you. Barack Obama is guilty 9f high treason and should receive what he deserves!

  • Awesome seeing my daughter playing Viola with Platt Brothers, this was a really nice presentation. Thank you Lebron and congrads to the class of 2020!!!!

  • Being a teacher in Austria, for some months in 1978 I had been teaching in Florida, this graduation 2020, seeing, listening to this choir in the beginning of this video brought me to tears. A terrible time for all of us!!!! Make your ways, girls and boys, congratulations!!! Stay safe and healthy.

  • Thank you, Lebron. This was such a heartfelt celebration and it made me proud to be along for the ride. I don't have a graduating high school senior, but a 30-year old son earning his Masters degree in Administrative Education. Two years of sacrifice, late night classes after a full dayโ€™s work, huge projects, extensive exams, long study sessions. These past two years, he has been a middle school principal, a teacher, a student, and a parent SIMULTANEOUSLY. We celebrate him and all those who are part of the graduating class of 2020.

  • American Post says:

    WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANT STUFF, like the crazy hacker, and Tony Pepanini deciding to run for office, go to the american post for real news!!

  • Lol i dont even get why this is a big deal

    Pple are dying

    I mean if they were a minute away from starting a new life(uk work or something) from university
    University graduation in otherwards i would have understood a bit uk
    Coz Uni's alot n graduating/finishing a course is such a big deal n life post uni entails starting a whole new one

    I'm just sayinggg
    MY opinion..my thought๐Ÿคท

  • Justiceforall says:

    Y'all youngsters just don't even realize that Alicia Keys is the best talent in this whole line up. Jones Bro's?………..please……

  • lisi_ treble says:

    This honestly not only fills my heart with joy but it helps me not feel sad or alone! thank you for doing this!!! Class of 2020!!

  • TECHNICAL NAYAN says:

    Indian เค•เคฟเคธเคพเคจ most successful
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSQaS_nyJQTutEeZX1FM-g

  • As a 2020 high school senior…. thank you for this. I started crying very hard during the whole thing. It means a lot to be seen right now.

  • Kendall Roberts says:

    For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

    Romans 16:18 KJV

    https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.16.18.KJV

  • Kendall Roberts says:

    For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

    Romans 7:18 KJV

    https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.7.18.KJV

  • Kendall Roberts says:

    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

    1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV

    https://bible.com/bible/1/1co.15.22.KJV

  • Kendall Roberts says:

    For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:(Christ in you) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,(Adam in you) and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin (Adam in you)which is in my members. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;(Christ in you) but with the flesh the law of sin.(Adam in you)

    Romans 7:22โ€ญ-โ€ฌ23โ€ญ, โ€ฌ25 KJV

    https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.7.22-25.KJV

  • Kendall Roberts says:

    Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

    Mark 7:7โ€ญ-โ€ฌ8 KJV

    https://bible.com/bible/1/mrk.7.7-8.KJV

  • Why isnt our graduates from the Imperial County, California invited for this๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’› #SHS #2020 #AdoptASeniorImperialCounty2020

  • Thank the ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œtaxpayers who hold 2 jobs and cant afford college for their kids but paying for IMMIGRANTS free college, rent and medical!!

  • We can virtually pay honor and tribute to the Class of 2020 all we want but these seniors still need to be given a traditional graduation ceremony they deserved. Our leaders owe a closure of a graduation ceremony to our seniors and we owe it to each other, before we can move on and put this chapter of our lives behind us.

  • I missed this when it Aired, and I know that I would have cried the same. Nothing could have prepared us for this. But we, the class of 2020, will Rise.

  • Albert Apostol says:

    Wow!!! Especially the performance of the PLATT Brothers!!! God bless to all of the High School Class 2020!!!

  • Neisha James says:

    I am so sorry for Class Of 2020 even though I havenโ€™t graduated from high school ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Personโ€™s Name says:

    Iโ€™m so emotional for all seniors this year. You will persevere, you will be strong. Focus on the future and on love and stay positive. Hugs ๐Ÿ’“

  • Timestamps if you need โ€˜em. Not all, but most.
    6:42 Zendaya
    9:18 Dua Lipa
    12:03 Kevin Hart
    13:29 Yara Shahidi
    17:39 Timothรฉe Chalamet
    21:55 Platt Brothers
    26:15 Alicia Keys
    29:12 Olivia Wilde
    30:55 Lena Waithe
    31:24 Chika & BMike
    36:05 H.E.R
    38:57 Lebron James
    41:37 Cordae
    43:34 You Tubers
    45:52 Pharrell Williams
    48:51 Barack Obama
    56:14 Lebron James
    56:33 Jonas Brothers

  • Prairiedoggen says:

    I find it a little difficult to be ecstatic about high school graduations. As many of the graduates are functionally illiterate or below … and yet are still being graduated! Graduated into WHAT I might ask?… Into a life time of dependency ??? Link and excerpt below:
    ๐—ต๐˜๐˜๐—ฝ๐˜€://๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ.๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด/๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€/๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ-๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€-๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜†-๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ-๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป-๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜†/
    "๐‘จ๐’„๐’„๐’๐’“๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’š ๐’„๐’๐’๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ผ.๐‘บ. ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฌ๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’,"ย  "19 ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’„๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’–๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’†, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’'๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’… ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’…๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‚๐’”๐’Œ๐’” ๐’“๐’†๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… …๐‘บ๐’†๐’‘ 13, 2016"
    I am not even going to discuss proficiency in simple MATH. And some genus even came up with a word for it …. "Dyscalculia". Like math anxietyย wasn't good enough.ย 
    And what is the incentive to being proficient at any level in either subject in high school, if no one is going to be prevented from graduating if they are not??? In fact….. under WHAT circumstances will someone not be graduated??

  • Patricia Tripenfeldas says:

    Congrats class of 2020. Just remember one thing Everytime you think or hear "I can't do this" or "you can't do this". Sit back and say "THAT'S A LOAD OF CRAP! I GRADUATED DURING A PANDEMIC! I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!!! Here's to your future!!!! America is proud of you!!!!

  • Kiki The Kpop and Kdrama Fanatic says:

    I'm a high school graduate and rn its kinda hard because my school is deciding on what to do

  • Kiki The Kpop and Kdrama Fanatic says:

    I'm a high school graduate and rn its kinda hard because my school is deciding on what to do

  • Why is the dolt LeBron (who never went to college) on this? Because he is another Democrat who hates Trump as much as NBC "News"?

  • Watched https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEE8AiDu2CI thereโ€™s an interview with a University of Arizona graduate, ex-marine, talking about keeping positive.

  • Josias Vertiz says:

    I just saw both the live videos of Permian High School in Odessa Texas at Ratliff stadium and the virtual graduation and my niece wasnโ€™t shown or mentioned on either one, not fair, not right, Iโ€™m mad, I guess it was just a special event for some students, they said they had everything they needed for her, it sux, I donโ€™t want to be negative but after all weโ€™ve been through, being part of the graduation class and not being recognized, itโ€™s a special historical moment, itโ€™s like being part of the winning team and not invited to the ceremony, like winning 1st place and not getting the trophy

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