High school seniors set to graduate in 2020 have got to feel massively let down. After years of work, their last year in high school will end with a whimper instead of a bang.
California has already announced that all the traditional end of the year ceremonies will not take place. No prom. No sports banquets. No senior ditch day. No baccalaureate. No graduation ceremony, the Upworthy reports.
Sure the diploma will come in the mail but that’s no match for being able to confidently walk on stage in front of one’s family and peers to prove you did it.
That means there also won’t be any inspiring commencement speaker to share some inspiring advice on how to take the next steps in life.
Twitter user Lincoln, the son of Emmy nominated comedy writer Cassie St. Onge, suggested that Barack Obama give a speech to the nation’s 2020 graduating class to make up for the lost ceremony.
“I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation,” Lincoln wrote. “In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020.”
Then he started the hashtag #ObamaCommencement2020 .
Some people tried to make the movement political, but Lincoln says it’s not about politics. It’s about being able to hear from the voice that inspired his generation.
The hashtag took off and people are rallying around the cause.
Trumpers tried to get #TrumpCommencement2020 trending, but it only has a handful of supporters. Let’s be honest, Trump couldn’t give a speech to the Boy Scouts of America without being completely inappropriate.
#TrumpCommencement2020 A message to the all Graduates of 2020,Seniors, grad students, honor students, technical students, and GED graduates!— Bubba (@Brightside172) April 15, 2020
Make this trend!#TrumpCommencement2020#TrumpCommencement2020 pic.twitter.com/MFiWe1zHi9
The President’s Campaign and the RNC are also rewarding his political allies and donors with special front row tickets.— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) July 3, 2019
Since he’s treating this like a campaign rally, his campaign should bear the entire costs of this event. https://t.co/WUdEuKeOyc pic.twitter.com/LwlTPP93yq
Barack Obama is a great choice to do the nationwide commencement speech because he has been voted Gallup’s most admired man in the world the past twelve years in a row. Usually, the president of the U.S. wins the honor, however, Obama beat out Trump in 2017 and 18 and tied him in 2019.
Michelle Obama was voted the Most Admired Women in the World for the past two years, so she’d be a great choice to make the commencement speech as well.
If Obama doesn’t give speech, students can always tune into some of his previous commencement speeches online. Here’s one from Rutgers in 2016 where he gave some advice that’s just as good in 2020. Plus, while watching it you can pretend the last four years never happened.
This article was originally published on the upworthy.com on April 15, 2020.