JONAS Brothers, LeBron James, Zendaya and many more stars joined former President Barack Obama in celebrating this year’s Class of 2020 during a virtual graduation.
The remote Graduate Together commencement was held for high school seniors who could not have a proper ceremony due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
NBA star LeBron James, 35, curated the event in a collaboration with high schoolers and educators across the country.
The Lakers player opened the ceremony and offered words of wisdom for the students as they enter the next chapter of their lives.
“My message is stay close to home. Maybe not physically but in every other way possible. The world has changed. You will determine how we rebuild,” the MVP encouraged.
The Jonas Brothers performed their new song X, featuring KAROL G, as clips of the pupils dancing played in the background.
Hit-maker Pharrell Williams, 47, said during the broadcast: “A great speech, like a great song comes from the heart.
“It’s only when the words flow from authentic emotions that it can actually really resonate with the many, versus the few,” he shared before a video played of seniors from Arizona.
Singer Alicia Keys, 39, sat down at her signature instrument for a piano rendition of her ballad Underdog.
Hollywood star Ben Platt, 26, was joined by his brothers Henry and Jonah Platt for a medley of classic hits which included the legendary commencement song Graduation (Friends Forever) by pop singer Vitamin C.
The broadway star and his siblings also sang Forever Young by Bob Dylan, In My Life by The Beatles and Maroon 5’s Memories.
Actress and Booksmart director Olivia Wilde, 36, made a brief appearance when she introduced activist Malala Yousafzai.
“The Class of 2020 won’t be defined by what we lost to this virus, but by how we responded to it. The world is yours now, and I can’t wait to see what you make of it,” the Nobel Prize honoree encouraged during the livestream.
Actor Timothée Chalamet, 24, talked about the teachers that have had the most influence in his life before he celebrated the students at New York’s La Guardia High School.
Jumanji star Kevin Hart, 40, joked about his own “class clown” experience as a teenage student and shared a memorable moment.
“My most embarrassing moment in high school was when I got caught with sneakers on that were too big. I took my brother’s sneakers and wore them to school and they were a size 10 and I was a size 7.
“I felt like girls would like guys with big feet. For whatever reason. Use your imagination,” the comedian said with a laugh.
Pop singer Dua Lipa, 24, sang her single Break My Heart in front of a colorful display of backup dancers to liven up the mood.
Euphoria star Zendaya, 23, honored her teacher mom before she shared a message of hope for the students.
“Thankfully, being a senior is so much more than just your senior year.
“It is every moment from the day you were born up until right now. The tiny moments, the big ones… they all add up to the class of 2020,” the actress said.
Country singers Maren Morris, 30, and Kane Brown, 26, also made a cameo during the televised commencement.
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Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 concluded with a message of optimism from President Barack Obama: “You won’t get it right every time. You’ll make mistakes like we all do.
“But if you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself even when it’s hard, even when it’s inconvenient, people will notice.
“They’ll gravitate toward you. And you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.”
The 58-year-old ex commander in chief continued: “I couldn’t be prouder of all of you in the graduating class of 2020 as well as the teachers and the coaches, and most of all the parents and families, who guided you along the way.”
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