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President Barack Obama's & First Lady Michelle Obama Commencement's Speech | Dear Class

President Obama shares a message of optimism with the Class of 2020 as a part of "Dear Class of 2020,” a virtual commencement to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities. As uncertain as these times may be, President Obama calls on the Class of 2020 to seize the opportunity to create a new normal, one that is fairer, gives everyone opportunity, treats everyone equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them. Get involved at

With commencements and graduations across the country cancelled, Former First Lady Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative teamed up with YouTube to celebrate students reaching this major milestone. Dear Class of 2020 is a virtual commencement celebration that brings together inspirational leaders, artists, and creators to recognize graduates, their families, and their communities. Reach Higher was started by Mrs. Obama during her time at the White House to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or in the military. Reach Higher now lives at Common App, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process.

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