With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down high school commencement ceremonies that students and their parents normally celebrate at this time of year around the country, former President Barack Obama and a few of his celebrity friends will take to the airwaves on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. for an hour-long event to honor the country’s 2020 high school graduates.
The show will be aired simultaneously on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. Also featured will be NBA star LeBron James, an Ohio school advocate; Pakistani school activist Malala Yousafzai; and Ben Platt, an actor, singer and songwriter. Other notables include the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bob Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrel Williams, Meghan Rapinoe and H.E.R.
The event is titled “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It is hosted by the education advocacy group XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Obama will reportedly focus on the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of school life, as students had to miss that special commencement milestone in their lives. Some Ottawa County Schools are finding a way to honor their high school graduates. Oak Harbor High School will hold its Outdoor Commencement Ceremony & Car Procession on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.