Update: BTS To Speak And Perform In YouTube Virtual Graduation Ceremony, Joining Lineup Including The Obamas, Lady Gaga, And More
Updated June 5 KST:
Variety has reported that YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” event has been postponed to June 7 at noon PT (June 8, 4 a.m. KST).
The event was originally planned for June 6, however YouTube has rescheduled it in observance of a memorial service celebrating the life of George Floyd being held that day in North Carolina.
The lineup of commencement speakers now also includes Beyoncé.
Performers include BTS; Chloe x Halle; CNCO; Lizzo & 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; and 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.
BTS will be helping the Class of 2020 celebrate their graduation while staying at home!
On May 5, YouTube shared that it will be hosting a virtual graduation ceremony titled “Dear Class of 2020.” Commencement speeches will be delivered by former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and activist Malala Yousafzai.
Variety describes the event as being carried out festival-style, with a mix of performances and talks that address traditional graduation-day themes. BTS and others will be performing at a virtual after-party.
In addition, there will also be special appearances by Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle, Zendaya, and YouTubers Jackie Aina, AsapSCIENCE, Dude Perfect, Mr. Kate, and The Try Guys.
The event premieres on the YouTube Originals channel and YouTube’s Learn@Home site on Saturday, June 6 at 12 p.m. PST.