“It’s a strange time for all of us. But we will get through it. I know it’s hard now, but this is certainly a year you will never forget,” Rodriguez said. “And your education and degree will take you places and help you succeed as the world gets back on its feet.”
Mark Foster, the lead singer of Foster the People, not only performed a song he wrote during quarantine but gave a special shout-out to his own brother who’s graduating high school.
The CNN special is just the first of two massive virtual graduation events on Saturday.
The usual stage walks and cap tosses have been put on hold, but NBA star LeBron James said graduates and their families are up for a memorable night.
Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Bad Bunny, Pharrell Williams, Lena Waithe and Megan Rapinoe are all slated to make appearances during the second event — something that may not have been possible in a typical graduation.
“These students have worked incredibly hard for this, and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized,” James said in a statement earlier this month. “While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it.”