For the passing out batch of 2020, this year has been quite a rollercoaster ride. Their graduation ceremonies have been cancelled in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and with it dreams of seeing them fling the graduation caps in the air. However, YouTube’s global virtual graduation ceremony, Dear Class of 2020, took place after the universities closed down their doors due to COVID-19 concerns. Now, Beyoncé has joined the YouTube original series that has many renowned celebrities giving speeches and inspiring young students.
In her speech, Beyoncé thanked graduates for “using their collective voice" to support the Black Lives Matter movement referring to the widespread outrage and protest over George Floyd’s death. She said, “Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today. Your queerness is beautiful, your blackness is beautiful, your compassion, your understanding. Your fight for people who may be different from you is beautiful.
Beyoncé’s speech was loved by the netizens who applauded her. Check out some of their tweets below.
Beyoncé in her speech:
• Called out the Grammys
• Called out Stan Twitter
• Called out the music industry
• Appreciated Queerness and race
• Addressed BLM and Rona
• and Congratulated the graduates
In under 10 minutes.... #DearClassOf2020
— (@IVYPARKSPR) June 7, 2020
Seeing her name pop up on the screen and seeing her face made me so happy for some reason. I just haven’t seen her like that in a long time. And I’m thankful and grateful that she did that speech. Some of her words really touched me.
— taviiaaa (@nadiiiilayyy) June 7, 2020
— rhania (@rhania03) June 8, 2020
Anyways, Beyoncé for president.
— Yoncé Vocals (@YonceVocals) June 7, 2020
Beyoncé was joined by other influential personalities like Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.
Watch Beyonce’s full speech here: