Celebrated talk show host Oprah Winfrey will serve as commencement speaker for the hundreds of thousands of college seniors who are unable to attend their graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus-related campus shutdowns.
Winfrey will deliver her address virtually at an online graduation ceremony that will be hosted by social media giant Facebook next month. The event is called ‘#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020’ and it will be broadcast at 11 a.m. EDT on May 15. It will be available to view here.
Other public personalities participating in the event include Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles and Miley Cyrus.
“The ceremony will acknowledge high schools and colleges in the US by name, state by state, including photos and videos of the class of 2020 and messages from deans and principals across the country,” said Facebook in a statement. “Graduates can also host their own virtual graduation ceremony and party via Facebook, with special features including a virtual graduation hub, custom filters, family and friends celebrations enabled by Messenger Rooms, and more.”