'Graduate Together 2020': LeBron James says 'schools are our safety net', fans feel blessed by moving speech
NBA star LeBron James knows how to uplift spirits. He kicked off the one-hour special event 'Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020' on Saturday, May 18, with an inspiring speech that would hopefully help seniors chart their paths to the future more wisely and with a clear, focused mind. We are living in uncertain times and the future looks foggy, to say the least. Students worldwide who are on the cusp of starting a new chapter of their lives are unfortunately embroiled in this global crisis as well. This event was to ensure that they are motivated and encouraged to take life as it comes and filled with the promise of a better tomorrow.
"Seniors, tonight is for you. Tonight, we honor 12 years of your hard work. The studying, the tests, early mornings and late nights. And we honor everyone who got you here — your friends, your family, your community," James began. "Class of 2020, this is for you. Every student you see, the videos in our show, the pictures you see around me now, are all part of your graduation class and sent in by you guys."
He shared how he understood that those years of hard work deserved a good send off as he appreciated how the students let go of the possibility of having a graduation ceremony to keep each of their communities safe and healthy. He thanked them and said that the class of 2020 is going to be a special one.
The athlete reappeared in the latter half of the program to make students see that schools were more than just a space for learning in certain neighborhoods. He pointed out how in places like Akron and Ohio, schools function as a place of security, a place that gives food and supports you.
"Our schools are our safety net. Our people build our communities. The class of 2020, as you celebrate tonight, do not forget your safety net," he said and added that every teacher, coach and pastor and family and friends helped them reach where they are today, and therefore, they must, going forward, only aim for "greatness" and "honor every promise."
Meanwhile, fans could not thank LeBron for his moving speech. "As the mom of a 2020 graduate, thank you @KingJames. Sincerely. #GraduateTogether," a viewer wrote while another shared: "#GraduateTogether 2020 was a tonic to soothe our parched national spirit. Thank you @KingJames @BarackObama @mPinoe and amazing performances from class of 2020." Another posted, "#GraduateTogether Beautiful!! Just beautiful!! I feel so blessed to have watched this Celebration of the Class of 2020! Thank you @KingJames and @BarackObama for giving these brilliant young adults a night they won't soon forget! CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!! Go out and slay."