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.
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.
Hi @BarackObama! Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. 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.— Lincoln (@lincolnjackd) April 15, 2020
Soon after, more Twitter users chimed in and made the same request of the 44th president, using the hashtag #ObamaCommencement2020.
Hi Lincoln, I am right with you. Both of my sons graduate this year and they need strength. Your idea is so great and what a wonderful finale to this it would be for all of us to graduate with them! Keep up the good work! from us moms out there!!! #reprise #BarackObama— Kelly Winsa (@robisflying) April 17, 2020
One of the most important things you can learn for adult life is how to end things well, and with closure. Having the school year end suddenly deprived the class of 2020 of that opportunity! Plus the hats! I hope #ObamaCommencement2020 happens. They deserve a celebration. https://t.co/WtYj8Mdnwi— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) April 15, 2020
I just love this idea. So many students have just lost the moment they dreamed about for years. Former President Obama could help give them the gift of a unique and inspirational message that matches this moment. #ObamaCommencement2020 https://t.co/SJfdYR7Juw— Debra M (@thatdebramonson) April 15, 2020
Having Obama do a Commencement Speech to the High School/College classes of 2020 would be amazing! My daughter is now looking at graduating without a job and living with mom and dad 😢. Would love for him to speak about hope for the future and decency. #ObamaCommencement2020 https://t.co/yEXb7fpQH4— SGoodyTX 🤘🛹🥁 (@sjgoody1) April 15, 2020
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:
This would mean the world to my sister. She has worked incredibly hard to get here. She is definitely struggling with the fact that half of their senior year was taken away. She had high hopes for making once in a lifetime memories. #ObamaCommencement2020 https://t.co/3XM4rE9qF1— Alex Pratt (@AlexBroChill) April 17, 2020