LeBron James to Host Virtual Graduation for Class of 2020

LeBron James on CNN (Credit: CNN)

LeBron James is doing his part to make sure high school seniors have a memorable graduation celebration.

With schools around the country closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Lakers star will be hosting “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” on May 16.

The one-hour special will include appearances by James, Lena Waithe, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, and more.

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After the coronavirus outbreak forced school districts to cancel graduation ceremonies, James said he wanted to make sure students have a special experience.

“These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized,” James said in a press release. “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.”

The LeBron James Family Foundation and its I PROMISE School are partnering with Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), and CAA to host the virtual graduation and charity fundraiser.

Set to air on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, the hour-long special will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC. It will also stream live on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and other platforms.

The commercial-free broadcast will consist of a mix of commencement addresses, performances and inspirational messages.