YouTube Reschedules Virtual Commencement to June 7

Beyonce Knowles-Carter joins star-studded lineup for YouTube’s virtual 2020 graduation

Last Updated: June 5, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

YouTube rescheduled its “Dear Class of 2020” event by one day in observance of a memorial service for George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed by police last week. Floyd’s Raeford, North Carolina, memorial service will be held June 6, and YouTube’s virtual commencement event will now take place June 7.

The multi-hour live event will be streamed on the YouTube app and online beginning at noon PT. Fans can tune in on mobile or smart televisions, or YouTube’s Learn@Home website.

Music superstars Beyonce and Janelle Monae will join both former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama in delivering an “inspirational message to the 2020 class,” YouTube said.

Graduating students who wish to upload their own video to be included in the commencement event can do so before Friday, May 22, via the “Dear Class of 2020” webpage. Students can also add virtual shout-outs through an online message board.

“While many of the traditional graduation ceremonies across the world have been canceled this year, the class of 2020 is not missing their chance to celebrate,” YouTube said in a statement. “You are the class of innovation and we know you all have found a way to celebrate your massive massive massive accomplishments from home.”

A full list of speakers and guests can be found below.

Commencement Speakers
President Barack Obama
Michelle Obama
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
BTS
Lady Gaga
Robert M. Gates
Alphabet & Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Condoleezza Rice
Malala Yousafzai

Musical Performances
BTS
Chloe x Halle
CNCO
Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic
Maluma
Katy Perry
Megan Thee Stallion
A performance of “Beautiful Day” produced by Finneas featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Ben Platt
A performance of “Still I Rise” featuring Madison Calley, Misty Copeland, Naya Lovell, Janelle Monáe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, and Yara Shahidi

Guest Appearances
J.J. Abrams
Ray Allen
La La Anthony
Jack Black
Ian Book
Tom Brady
Erika Brown
Jenna Bush Hager
Andy Cohen
Stephen Colbert
Lana Condor
Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber
Joseph Gordon Levitt
DJ D-Nice
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart
Billie Eilish
Missy Elliott
Bill and Melinda Gates
Evan Goldberg
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mark Hamill
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson
Michael B. Jordan
Colin Jost
Rupi Kaur
Courtney Kemp
Keegan Michael Key
Alicia Keys
Jimmy Kimmel
Jennifer Lopez
Demi Lovato
Peyton Manning
Camila Mendes
Shawn Mendes
Hasan Minhaj
Natalie Morales
John Mulaney
Katelyn Ohashi
Chris Pine
Antoni Porowski
Billy Porter
Seth Rogen
Phoebe Robinson
Michael Strahan
Taylor Swift
Daisy Ridley
Justin Timberlake
Gabrielle Union and husband Dwayne Wade
Kerry Washington
Russell Westbrook
Russell Wilson and Ciara
Cast of HBO’s “Euphoria” including Zendaya
Cast of “Schitt’s Creek”
Cast of “The Simpsons”

YouTube Creators
Jackie Aina
AsapSCIENCE
Jade Bowler
Emma Chamberlain
Nikkie De Jager
Dude Perfect
John Green
Zane Hijazi and Heath Hussar
Mr. Kate
a Khan
Prajakta Koli
Liza Koshy
Margot Lee
Vanessa and Veronica Merrell
Sasha Morga
Mark Rober
The Try Guys