On May 16, former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama will host a virtual graduation event for seniors of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), reported Business Insider. The virtual graduation is called ‘Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition.’
It is one of three similar commencement addresses the Obamas will participate in. Also on May 16, the Obamas will participate in an event for graduating high school seniors. And on June 6, Barack Obama will deliver a general commencement address for graduating students from both high schools and colleges.
The programs are meant to lift the spirits of students who are unable to participate in in-person graduation ceremonies which have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice,” tweeted the former president. “Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”
The Obamas’ announcement comes on the heels of a viral tweet from last month, in which a high school senior requested the former president to give a national commencement speech to the class of 2020.
“Hi @BarackObama! Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020,” tweeted the high school senior, Lincoln Debenham.