The year 2020 so far has not been one of our best to say the very least. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the WORLD.
The Class of 2020 with futures so bright had their light snuffed out prematurely with most not having traditional graduation ceremonies, proms and rich memories. The world has come together to help.
On Saturday, May 16, CNN will air a two-hour primetime special aimed at celebrating the achievements of millions of students whose graduation ceremonies have been canceled.
The special will be split into two events. The first, “Class of 2020: In This Together,” is a CNN production that will be hosted by Erin Burnett, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper. It will air worldwide beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
At 8 p.m. ET, CNN will show the second event: “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” a massive virtual commencement event hosted by The LeBron James Family Foundation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and XQ Institute.
“These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized,” James said in a statement earlier this month. “While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it.”
CNN’s special, “Class of 2020: In This Together,” will feature a handful of big names, including former President Bill Clinton and comedians and actors Amy Schumer, Jason Alexander and Keegan-Michael Key, among others. There will also be musical performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Bazzi and Foster the People.
Meantime, “Graduate Together” will be headlined by former President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to give a speech to the graduating class.
Also coming to the virtual commencement: The Jonas Brothers, Zendaya, Olivia Wilde, Ben Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, and more.
Graduating seniors are encouraged to submit their portrait for a digital yearbook on the “Graduate Together” website. They can submit a video of themselves giving a speech to other grads or thanking their teachers. They can also nominate themselves or others for senior superlatives.
How can I watch it?
“Class of 2020: In This Together” will kickoff at 7p.m. and can be seen on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.
Immediately afterward, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” will air on more than 20 broadcast and cable networks and streaming channels, including CNN. Proceeds will benefit DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund.
It will also be streamed live on CNN.com’s homepage and mobile apps without requiring a cable log-in. Otherwise, you can watch via CNNgo on your computer, smartphone, iPad, and apps on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.
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