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Facebook and Instagram To Stream Virtual Graduation Including Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, and More

Facebook and Instagram To Stream Virtual Graduation Including Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, and More

  • Facebook to host virtual graduation for the class of 2020 on May 15.
Facebook and Instagram To Stream Virtual Graduation Including Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, and More

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has canceled big events, high school and college seniors have also found themselves missing out on their end of year celebrations like prom and most importantly, graduation. Facebook and Instagram will be streaming #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020 on May 15, 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. ET.

Oprah Winfrey will be giving the commencement address and Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and more will be offering words of wisdom to the class of 2020. Miley Cyrus will do a special performance of her song, “The Climb.”

The ceremony will acknowledge high schools and colleges in the US by name, state by state, including photos and videos of the class of 2020 and messages from deans and principals across the country. Graduates will also have the opportunity to host their own virtual ceremony and party for friends and family via Facebook, with special features including a virtual graduation hub, custom filters, Messenger Rooms, and more.

Instagram will have daily programming starting Monday, May 11 which includes senior spotlights from “most likely” votes to portrait showcases to senior skip day. Instagram will also release new creative tools and features including a graduation countdown sticker, celebratory sticker pack, new AR effects, and a custom hashtag page for #Graduation2020. Facebook and Instagram Stories will also have graduation theme music so graduates can share Music Stickers with songs to commemorate the moment.

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The graduation will be shared on Facebook Watch and on the Facebook app. Instagram will share highlights and content will be posted on contributors’ social media accounts.

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