YouTube is hosting a very special global virtual commencement ceremony titled “Dear Class of 2020" on June 7, 2020. BTS, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Lady Gaga are all promised to appear.
Filmed over the last several weeks, here's everything we know about the star-studded YouTube 2020 graduation event.
What is "Dear Class of 2020"?
"In 'Dear Class of 2020,' people from around the world will join the class of 2020 as a singular community to celebrate their resilience, and the endless possibilities of their future," YouTube said in a statement to TODAY. "This festival-style lineup combines classic commencement day themes with a diverse array of entertainment that will capture all of the emotions of graduation including pride, hope, optimism and camaraderie."
This event will be a capstone on YouTube’s Graduate #WithMe celebration, inspired by the students who use the platform to reach out to their classmates and express themselves. In the weeks leading up to the show, videos from members of the Class of 2020 have been highlighted on YouTube, reflecting their creativity in the face of adversity.
How can I watch the YouTube graduation event?
The YouTube 2020 graduation event can be streamed on the YouTube Originals channel, the Learn@Home site and right here in this post. For the best viewing experience, fans can tune in on their smart TVs via the official YouTube app.
What time does "Dear Class of 2020" start?
Premiering Sunday, June 7, 2020, the YouTube 2020 graduation event begins at 3:00 p.m. EST and will last approximately four hours.
Who will be there?
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are expected to both deliver commencement addresses in “Dear Class of 2020.” Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will also deliver an inspirational message to the Class of 2020. Other speakers include BTS, Lady Gaga, Secretary Robert M. Gates, Sundar Pichai, Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Malala Yousafzai.
TODAY's own Jenna Bush Hager will be making a special appearance as well.
In addition to those featured performers, there will be a very special performance of “Beautiful Day” produced by Finneas, featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Ben Platt.
What is the schedule?
Block 1: 3:00 p.m. EST (approximate timing)
President and Mrs. Obama welcome
FINNEAS & Co.
Block 2: 4:00 p.m. ES (approximate timing)
Sec. Condoleezza Rice
Block 3: 5:18 p.m. EST (approximate timing)
The Try Guys
Sec. Robert M. Gates
Block 4: 6:00 p.m. EST (approximate timing)
Nikkie De Jager
Heath & Zane
Chloe X Halle
President Barack Obama
Block 5: 7:00 p.m. EST (approximate timing)
Megan Thee Stallion
Return for the YouTube 2020 graduation event on June 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Correction (June 8 at 7:12 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that YouTube's "Dear Class of 2020" event was filmed before the nationwide protests taking place in the wake of George Floyd's death. It has been updated to reflect that the commencement addresses were filmed over the course of a few weeks, some before the protests.