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The Internet is Begging Barack Obama to Deliver a Virtual Commencement Speech

Using the hashtag, #ObamaCommencement2020, people are asking Obama to give a speech to all the seniors missing out on graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at Hampton University in 2010. Getty Images

As the coronavirus has forced schools to close across the country, many high school and college seniors won’t be able to experience traditions like graduation ceremonies or prom. 

In an effort to ease the pain of missing out on the significant milestones, one senior took to Twitter to ask President Barack Obama to give a virtual commencement speech for all the seniors who won’t get to hear one. The tweet attracted a lot of attention and gained more than 44,000 retweets and 218,000 likes as of Friday.
 

Soon after, more Twitter users chimed in and made the same request of the 44th president, using the hashtag #ObamaCommencement2020. 

The original tweet’s creator, Lincoln Debenham, is a 17-year-old senior at Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles and told CNN that Obama is an “icon” to his generation and 2020 class. He also said that while he feels bad about missing end-of-year traditions, he tries not to “minimize the struggle” of people who have been directly impacted by the pandemic. 

Katie Hill, a spokesperson for Obama, told CNN that they had seen the tweets and were “flattered,” but declined to further comment. NPR reported that the president gave nearly two dozen commencement speeches while he was in office, but he has not given any since his term ended.  

For now, the tweets continue to pour in: