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As the world is hit by a pandemic, public gatherings such as graduation ceremonies are not allowed.
Hence, The Obamas, Michelle and Barack hosted the virtual graduation “Dear Class of 2020” on Sunday.
Through Youtube, celebrities and famous personalities come together to honor graduating students who wont be able to physically be at their graduation.
Both BTS and Beyoncé gave commencement speeches, as part of the five-hour long festivities.
In her commencement speech, Beyoncé began by addressing the global health crisis and the racial violence that is gripping America.
“The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have left us all broken. It has left the entire country searching for answers,” she said.
Furthermore, she encouraged the graduating class to use their voices to let the world know that Black lives matter.
Beyoncé also shared her personal experience with racism in the music industry, and that became her motivation to launch her own company.
“Not enough Black women had a seat at the table. So I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table.”
In addition to this, each member of BTS also shared their own graduation stories and the lessons they took from it.
The eldest member, Jin, reminds the graduates to take it easy and to take everything one step at a time.
“If any of you feel lost in the face of doubt and or uncertainty, don’t rush. Take a deep breath. You may find that any moment can be turned into an opportunity. Allow yourself to take it easy, take it one step at a time.” Jin said.
The second eldest, rapper Suga, advises not to dwell on things we cannot control.
“Take your hands off what you can’t control and get your hands on what you can change. Get your hands on changes you can make because your possibilities are limitless.” Suga said.
Rapper J-Hope advises to trust on one’s self. “You are the leader of your own life. Chant it over and over again. ‘I can do it better than anybody'”
Handsome V tells the graduates to follow their heart.
“If there is anyone out there who cannot see where they should go from here forth, I urge you to listen to your heart. Things may be a little difficult now, but somewhere out there, luck and opportunity are waiting for you.” V said.
Jimin sends comfort to the class of 2020. “I hope you are all doing well, but if things are not okay even in the slightest – we send you our most sincere consolation with all our hearts. Remember there is a person here in Korea, in the city of Seoul, who understands you.”
The youngest member, Jungkook, shares his own graduation memories. He shares how the six members were with him when he graduated and how it was publicized as he was already an idol when it happened.
“I hope you all will, for your own sake, take one step at a time towards growth, running diligently towards your future.” Jungkook said.
And lastly, their leader RM assures the graduates that the future is bright for them.
“I hope our stories reached you all today. Some say we have achieved so many things, but we are no different from others in their 20s,” RM said. “We may just be seeing each other through a camera, but I know your future will boom into something much bigger.”