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Dear Class of 2020: YouTube’s 2020 graduation ceremony ft. Beyonce, BTS and President Obama postponed due to George Floyd’s memorial

YouTube Originals was supposed to celebrate the class of 2020 in style with a star-studded group of commencement speakers and performers, which was expected to honour this year’s graduates amid the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, June 6. However, the four-plus hour event has now been postponed out of respect for George Floyd’s memorial. It will now take place Sunday (June 7) at noon Pacific Time in order to not clash with George’s tribute, who died at 46 on May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody.

Protests across the US began less than a week ago post George’s death which was triggered by police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck, making him unable to breathe. The horrific incident was caught on camera and since then, Derek has been fired and charged for the same. Hashtags like ‘Black Lives Matters’ and others in support of George have been trending on social media since then and several celebs have come against the brutal incident.

Coming back to the Youtube event, it will be headlined by former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. They will be joined by Beyonce, BTS, Lady Gaga, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai. Apart from them, a cover of U2’s Beautiful Day will be produced by Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Ben Platt. What’s more? Madison Calley, Misty Copeland, Naya Lovell, Janelle Monáe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, and Yara Shahidi will all collaborate for a performance of the Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise, as reported by Variety.

Interestingly, Dear Class of 2020 will also include special appearances from YouTube creators Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate, And The Try Guys.

The Youtube event will be livestreamed and the streaming giant has partnered with Google.org and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative to raise funds for underrepresented and at-risk youth.

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