Oprah Winfrey, Lil Nas X, and Simone Biles Will Join Facebook’s Virtual Graduation for the Class of 2020


April 30, 2020

People are showing up for the Class of 2020 in a major way!

This week, Facebook announced it’s virtual commencement, with a star studded line up that includes media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Grammy award winning rapper Lil Nas X and superstar gymnast Simone Biles, Essence reports.

The graduation services will stream live, with Winfrey serving as commencement speaker, Lil Nas X performing and a special guest appearance from Biles. While it doesn’t take the place of a formal graduation, with mass cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the next best thing for graduates. Chase Banking also recently announced a virtual celebration for graduates featuring Kevin Hart, Serena Williams and NBA phenom Stephen Curry. 


During these unprecedented times, everyone really is doing the best they can to show up for each other and make the losses a little less painful. Marne Levine, VP of Facebook’s global partnerships, business and corporate development, announced the graduation livestream, saying, “As students head toward graduation, it’s not the day they might have imagined – no processions, no diploma handoffs, no parties…But graduating is a tremendous achievement, and worth pausing to celebrate even in these circumstances.” 

The #Graduation2020 celebration will stream live on Facebook Watch in honor of the Class of 2020, May 15th at 1pm EST. 

Congratulations to all the graduates!


Photo Courtesy of Pamela Littky/Variety, Matt Baron/Shutterstock, @simonebiles/Instagram

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