NBA superstar LeBron James has made a commitment to honor the graduating class of 2020 for those students who will not be able to walk across the stage for graduation.
The LeBron James Foundation, XQ Institute and The Entertainment Industry Foundation announced Wednesday that they will be airing a one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” on May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern time in an effort to recognize graduating seniors across the nation.
The program will air on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox in addition to TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.
James will be the speaker for the graduates during the broadcast that he is putting together for the 3 million American high school students who are unable to have a real ceremony due to COVID-19.
“I wanted to help create a show that looked and felt very different from traditional specials. Something that spoke to kids in a different way. These kids worked so hard to graduate and what is happening to them is truly unfair,” James said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I hope we can give them and their families something cool that makes their accomplishment feel special.”
The idea was organized by high school students, educators and the American Federation of Teachers and will feature celebrity appearances and performances by Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, Yara Shahidi, Ben Platt, Lena Waithe and H.E.R.
On Thursday, James revealed that former President Barack Obama will speak during the program.
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