With more than three million high schoolers unable to attend their long-awaited and much-deserved graduation ceremonies, celebrities are stepping up to provide a once-in-a-lifetime online party. Taking initiative, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced on Wednesday (April 29th) that it’s paying tribute to the class of 2020 with a one-hour multimedia event called Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.
Simultaneously airing on May 16th at 8 PM ET on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, and streaming platforms Complex Networks, Facebook app, Instagram, People TV, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube, the show will feature artists and speakers including Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai and many more.
In a statement, LeBron said the stream is “about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together—students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them. With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized. 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.”
The commercial-free event will be curated by high school students and educators from across the country, with support from the American Federation of Teachers. Between a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances and inspirational vignettes, local TV stations will also feature custom breakaways to celebrate the achievements of high school students in their communities.