LeBron James: Barack Obama will speak at virtual ‘Graduate Together’ event
LeBron James has brought in a big-time heavy hitter for his upcoming virtual “Graduate Together” event, announcing Tuesday morning that Barack Obama will among the participants.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar broke the news on social media that the former president will speak during the event.
Class of 2020, I told you guys we are working on something special and we have an incredible update…THE GOAT @BarackObama!!! You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family. May 16 @GradTogether pic.twitter.com/kQeX6sK9Ml— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 5, 2020
Obama also shared his excitement about being involved in such an interesting event — one of course brought upon by the unprecedented circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic — in a subsequent tweet.
I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ngR2ykx3A2— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 5, 2020
James has long enjoyed a collegial relationship with both Barack and Michelle Obama, who once gave the NBA star high praise for opening his I Promise School, and the education initiatives championed by it.
James teamed up with Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) on the project. The star-studded broadcast aims to provide some excitement for the three million-plus high school seniors who will not be able to walk in traditional commencement ceremonies due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
“Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” will air commercial-free on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as social media outlets YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok, among others.
The all-virtual graduation event will also raise funds for underserved communities severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic through the collaborative efforts by DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund along with EIF, XQ Institute and The LeBron James Family Foundation.