-Former US First Lady Michelle Obama told final year students she was aware they were disappointed to learn graduation would not take place this year
- She then notified them that she together with other notable personalities would hold commencement speeches via YouTube
- Her husband Barack Obama is also expected to deliver a speech during the slated virtual graduations
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Former First Lady of the United States of America (USA) Michelle Obama is expected to host and appear in multiple graduation ceremonies online.
Some will be streamed on popular television channels while others will be conducted via YouTube.
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The strong willed mother of two announced the news via her Instagram account saying she had partnered with YouTube to conduct the anticipated commencements.
Michelle assured final year students she was aware they were heartbroken over the fact that they cannot receive their degrees or diplomas in person.
She reminded them that though it was a difficult pill to swallow, they were doing it for a good cause and to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19.
Her husband and former US president Barack Obama said he too will be in attendance and will deliver a speech to the class of 2020.
She congratulated students for putting in the work and attaining their best grades despite the darkness engulfing the world currently.
“I know how hard you all have worked to make it to graduation. You have put in long hours studying. You have thrown yourself into extracurricular activities and after-school jobs.
The former first lady acknowledged that no one ever expected their studies to come to an end in such an unprecedented way therefore they all deserved to feel special.
“But I still want to make sure you still get the celebration you deserve. That is why, through my Reach Higher Initiative, I am working with YouTube Originals to host a special virtual graduation for you on June 6th."
YouTube unveiled a Dear Class of 2020 special feature that will include music, a lineup, speeches from many other celebrities and festivities.
According to the video streaming site, the first event was slated for Saturday, 6 June and will run for hours.
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