Obama delivered the speech, followed later in the day by a nationally televised address to high school graduates, as educational institutions across the country have been forced to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies to comply with stay-at-home and social distancing orders during the public health emergency. The speeches turned the national spotlight on Obama at a time when the former president is becoming a central figure in the presidential campaign. And after largely keeping away from politics during the primaries, as he has for much of his post-presidency, Obama has lately aimed a series of withering critiques at Trump for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and other matters. Saturday night, Obama also addressed high school graduates in an hourlong broadcast carried by major networks and across social media platforms. Obama urged high school graduates to be willing to challenge a status quo he said was not well managed by their elders.
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He wrote this letter to her so she would always remember this unique, unprecedented time. I realize you have been looking forward to this since the school year started last August. We hope some sort of graduation celebration eventually will take place, probably over the summer. Of course, you were born in Your mom and I easily could have waited another year for you to start school since you were only 4 at the time. Actually, your class has been shaped more by events that happened in other classrooms in this nation - Sandy Hook, Parkland - than the day the Twin Towers came down. The latter is for the history books, the former is the life you and your peers unfortunately live every day.
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T his spring, for the first time since World War II, there will be almost no in-person graduation celebrations in the United States. Universities swiftly acted as coronavirus spread across the country: students returned home early, classes moved online, and graduation ceremonies became a public health hazard. Later this month, former President Barack Obama will deliver a commencement speech to the nation. Earlier, thousands had called for the former president to give a graduation speech, seeking guidance and comfort in this unprecedented time. For months, our social lives had been confined to libraries and academic meetings.
Coronavirus graduations: Despite coronavirus, New Jersey schools plan in-person graduations in Traditional graduation speeches are yet another casualty of the new coronavirus, which has silenced many arenas, football fields and other sites across the country normally electrified this time of year with the sounds of graduation: whoops, whistles, well wishes. After schools were closed down to slow the spread of COVID, some districts converted graduations to drive-thru affairs or delayed them to when mass gatherings would be permitted again. In Ohio, schools went with virtual graduations that students and family will watch from their homes. At past graduations, Brenna Hammond watched in the audience as speakers delivered quips and advice, envisioning herself behind the mike.