Oprah, Kevin Hart to Deliver Virtual Commencement Speeches for Class of 2020
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Oprah, Kevin Hart to Deliver Virtual Commencement Speeches for Class of 2020

Facebook and Instagram are giving Class of 2020 graduates the best gift: a virtual commencement featuring Oprah Winfrey.

On May 15, the streaming giants will present “#Graduation 2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020,” a multi-hour virtual event set to live stream on both platforms. Along with Winfrey, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and more are scheduled to share encouraging words.

The online ceremony is a part of a week-long program to celebrate high school seniors and college graduates.

Kicking off on May 11, students can expect a digital party, custom filters, superlatives, grad-specific Music Stickers (cue “Graduation” by Vitamin C!), and messages from deans and principals across the country.

Although the recent school shutdowns and graduation cancellations have put a damper on students’ final year, Facebook and Instagram hope to make it memorable. Beginning at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET, the star-studded commencement will be featured on Facebook Watch, the Facebook app, and Instagram.

Likewise, Chase Bank is partnering with several celebrities to acknowledge the 2020 graduating class with its “#ShowMeYourWalk” initiative. On May 2, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, and Stephen Curry will deliver commencement speeches on Twitter and YouTube. Special recognition and a virtual graduation walk will also be aired.

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Thasunda Brown, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, announced the big event on Instagram.

“To the Class of 2020,” she wrote. “While graduation this year is not what any of us imagined, what you’ve accomplished is huge and you deserve to be celebrated!”

Chase’s first-ever virtual graduation begins at 2 p.m. ET.