This article contains opinion.
It’s been an interesting semester, especially coming from a graduating senior.
The world has been in a financial and health crisis since COVID-19 took over. Although many countries are slowly trying to get back to a normal life soon, many businesses and schools have been operating online and remotely.
For some colleges, there will be no graduation ceremony, a postponed graduation ceremony or an online graduation ceremony.
I’ve always been the kind of person who wanted that day to celebrate my accomplishments.
I’ve worked so hard these past four years, and I want to have the honor to get dressed up, celebrate and invite my family to the ceremony and walk the stage. For me, it’s a personal accomplishment that I want to celebrate.
Walking down the stage means looking back at the past four years and saying to myself “Wow, you really accomplished a lot and worked so hard.”
For many universities and colleges, even those who have decided to postpone their graduation ceremonies, they won’t happen for a few months. Many seniors were devastated as half of their final semester disappeared in the blink of an eye, but as people are aware, there’s been an act of togetherness and community that’s been occurring throughout this worldwide pandemic.
According to CNN, celebrities are reaching out and want to sign up to do virtual commencement ceremony speeches.
The intended way of making this happen will be by recorded podcasts.
Some big-name celebrities who wish to make seniors’ virtual graduation ceremonies less depressing include: Jimmy Fallon, Halsey, John Legend and Hillary Clinton. They have all signed up to give inspirational speeches to the class of 2020 on a new podcast from iHeartMedia.
According to Conal Byrne, iHeartPodcast Network president, “Commencement: Speeches for the class of 2020” is expected to debut on May 15. National Graduation Day is May 17.
High school and college seniors are always in need of inspiration, reassurance and life advice as they head into the next chapter of their lives, Byrne said. And that’s especially true this year because this podcast will bring together some of the most experienced and inspiring people in the country today to celebrate the resilience, strength and accomplishments of this year’s graduates.
Additionally, there are many other well-known celebrities who have signed up for to speak, which include Chelsea Handler, Eli Manning, Khalid and Tim McGraw, to name a few.
Celebrities giving speeches at commencement ceremonies is nothing new.
Many celebrities have gone back to their alma mater to speak to graduating classes.
According to Rolling Stone, in 2012, Oprah Winfrey went back to her alma mater, Spelman College, and spoke about empowerment in spirituality and self-possession and letting excellence be our own personal brands.
Additionally, other celebrities like Will Ferrell, Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro gave speeches to the graduating classes at their alma maters in the past.
Although it’s not the same as an in-person graduation ceremony, I think it’s truly inspirational and a caring gesture to speak at a special commencement podcast.
Many people are trying their best to continue to work or do schoolwork from home, and some people are in financial crises. Therefore, many seniors are aware of the dangers having an in-person graduation ceremony.
Seniors are lost just like everyone else, trying to look at the light at the end of the tunnel, hoping that one day, after things go back to normal and the virus lessens, we will get a day to celebrate our accomplishments with our friends and families.