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Michelle and Barack Obama will speak at YouTube's 'Dear Class Of 2020' Virtual Commencement

YouTube Reschedules 'Dear Class Of 2020' Event Out Of Respect For George Floyd's NC Memorial Service

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

The coronavirus pandemic affected so many graduations, whether it was middle school, high school, and college. People were fearful of the spread of the virus in these large groups so, many of these celebrations were either postponed or cancelled. Many of the schools are trying to actually have a proper in-person graduation though sometime near the end of the summer, with some aiming for August. YouTube was originally set to hold a virtual commencement ceremony on June 6 to honor the class of 2020.

Beyoncé all also be speaking at YouTube's 'Dear Class of 2020' virtuall commencement.
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This event is titled 'Dear Class of 2020' and will feature Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga as speakers. We will also see Tracee Ellis Ross and Shonda Rhimes join Yara Shahidi Kelly Rowland, Misty Copeland, and Janelle Monáe to perform Maya Angelou’s 'Still I Rise.' Another huge performance will be Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ben Platt, and Ty Dolla $ign who joining FINNEAS for for a rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

The June 6 date will be moved to the seventh as that date conflicts with George Floyd's memorial service that takes place that day in Raeford, NC, according to Deadline.

The North Carolina memorial for George Floyd will be the second one this week.
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Yesterday, a memorial service for Floyd also took place in Minneapolis, MN, the city where he was killed by four Minneapolis PD officers. Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds which is one of the worst incidents of police brutality that our country has seen. This has resulted in 11 days of protests now as the people demand change. As of Wednesday, all four officers were charged and arrested. The remaining three were all taken in at once.

George Floyd's Raeford, NC funeral will take place on June 6.
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Chauvin's third-degree murder charge was upgraded to second and the three other officers got hit with felony aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter. These men are Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. Their bail is set $1 million and are facing 40 years in prison.

Chauvin also since been moved to a maximum security prison close to Sillwater, MN. At the previous jail he was at, he was listed as being placed on suicide watch as required in that area of the facility.

Protests continue nationwide in support of justice for George Floyd.
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Expect the YouTube 'Dear Class of 2020' commencement ceremony to pay homage to Floyd in some manner as well. The list of additional speakers goes on as we will also see Ciara, Russell Wilson, Kevin Durant, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, and more.

There were plenty of celebrities in attendance at Floyd's Minneapolis service as well. Among them were T.I., Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered a beautiful and powerful eulogy. Floyd's family members also spoke on the type of person he was and some of his interests such as sports.

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