How to watch: President Obama celebrates the Class of 2020 with ‘Graduate Together,’ and HBCU event

(Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire/FILE PHOTO) President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address during the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed societies across the globe into new norms and has fostered innovative means to stay connected and enjoy milestones like graduations. Tonight, Former President Barack Obama will take center stage with a first-of-its-kind event to congratulate graduating high school seniors in primetime.

The televised celebration serves as a large-scale opportunity to recognize the achievements and hard work of students whose waning days of the school year were spent at home due to the pandemic.

The hour-long “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” program airs at 7 pm CST and will include appearances by LeBron James, Team USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the Jonas Brothers. It will be carried by all four major networks and streaming online.

The event was sponsored by The Entertainment Industry Foundation, The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute, and a broad coalition of partners. Follow the online conversation by using the hashtag #ObamaCommencement2020.

President Obama is also set to make an appearance at “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” honoring graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Joining Obama will be California Sen. Kamala Harris, Anthony Hamilton, Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, NBA star Chris Paul, rapper/actor Common, and more. The online event kicks off at 1 pm CST and will be live-streamed on Chase’s YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn channels.

For more info on “Graduate Together,” go to

For more info on “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” go to