ICM Partners and Clients Congratulate the Class of 2020
Virtual graduation ceremonies large and small have been taking place across the country this spring. We are proud that so many of our clients participated in these uplifting events honoring the class of 2020.
Facebook and Instagram held a weeklong program of graduation events and commencement speeches, which saw messages from ICM Partners’ clients Lana Condor and Desus & Mero. A memorable video released during #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020 programming compiled speeches from many public figures, including the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star, who offered a spirited congratulatory message to the graduating class.
A nationally televised graduation event, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, included commencement speeches from The Try Guys and the always inspiring Malala Yousafzai. “Like all of you,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner began, “I am also missing my graduation ceremony this year. Across the world, COVID-19 has forced more than one billion students out of school. While for most of us, this is temporary, we will continue our education and follow our dreams. But many girls, especially in developing countries may never return to the classroom. Because of this crisis they will be forced into early marriages or low-paying jobs to support their families. When schools reopen, their desks will be empty. They are our peers. They have the same right to education as we do. So I ask you to remember them today, as you go out and change the world, don’t leave them behind. The class of 2020 will not be defined by what we lost to this virus, but by how we responded to it. The world is yours now, and I can’t wait to see what you make of it.”
YouTube hosted a star-studded graduation event, Dear Class of 2020. The virtual celebration featured Yousafzai, The Try Guys, Lana Condor, Khalid, Kelly Rowland, Eugene Levy and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who delivered an impassioned and encouraging speech, following a week of nationwide protests in support of Black Lives Matter. “We’ve seen that our collective hearts, when put to positive action, can start the wheels of change. Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates we celebrate today.”