COVID-19 has ended the school year early and taken away the biggest part of senior year: Graduation. Family and friends won’t get to see their graduate walk across the stage or throw their cap in the air. Seniors won’t get to experience that movie moment when they move their tassels to the other side and start a new chapter of their life. Luckily, Facebook is holding a big virtual commencement ceremony to honor all seniors affected by the coronavirus and acknowledge their accomplishments.
The streaming event called “#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020” will air on Facebook Watch starting at 1PM central time on May 15th, according to CNN. The live will have a commencement speech by Oprah Winfrey so she can provide some wise words (maybe even some tips on how to become a millionaire)! Joining her with some advice will also be rapper Lil Nas X, gymnast Simone Biles, and actress Awkwafina. They are even going to have Miley Cyrus perform her hit song, “The Climb,” which reminds me most of my childhood obsession with “Hannah Montana.” Facebook obviously knew who they were catering to and is giving seniors the best of the best for their big day.
Seniors, don’t miss out on this virtual graduation. I know it’s not the same, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make it feel a little normal. Remember that there are thousands of other students that feel the same hurt as you, so you aren’t alone. It is, however, up to you to try to make the end of your senior year 10 times more memorable than it already is!
By Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M Young Magnet High School