Oprah to speak at virtual graduation ceremony hosted by Facebook
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Winfrey will be one of a handful of celebrities Facebook, Inc., which owns both companies, said will be involved in the Class of 2020 event, dubbed “#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020.” 

The corporation said in an announcement on Monday that Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles and Awkwafina will be among the celebrities who will share “words of wisdom” for graduates during the event. 


Miley Cyrus is also slated to perform her 2009 hit “The Climb” during the online ceremony, which will take place on May 15.

“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,” the announcement reads.

Graduates will also be able to host a virtual graduation ceremony and party on Facebook, the company said in the announcement.

And on May 11, Instagram will be launching “programming that spotlights iconic senior experiences — from ‘most likely’ votes to portrait showcases to senior skip day,” the company said.

The company acknowledged in the announcement that graduation may not be the event seniors imagined, as countless schools across the country remain closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But the company added that “graduating is a tremendous achievement, and worth pausing to celebrate even in these circumstances,” which is why it said it planned the “special event” for graduating students for next month.

“This year’s graduation will be different than other years, and no doubt memorable because of it,” the company concluded in the announcement. “We’re proud of our graduates for all they have achieved — congratulations to the Class of 2020!”