As the graduating class of 2020 receives news of canceled commencement exercises due to The Great Lockdown, top celebrities have been reaching out to iHeartMedia to make arrangements for commencement speeches that will be aired on its newest podcast.
This year’s graduating students have taken their frustrations to social media on how they are saddened about not having commencement exercises for this year. In response, CNN reports that top stars have signed up to dedicate inspiring speeches for the class of 2020.
The said speeches will be aired through iHeartMedia’s new podcast called “Commencement: Speeches for the class of 2020.” If nothing goes against it, the American Audio Company says it will debut two days ahead of the National Graduation Day set on May 17.
iHeartMedia plans podcast for 2020 celebrity commencement speeches – SlashGear https://t.co/I10KSt9Y3b
— X-Entertainments (@x_enters) April 16, 2020
Celebrity figures who signed up and will record speeches
iHeartMedia confirms that the first wave of speeches will be recorded by Jimmy Fallon, Halsey, Hillary Clinton, John Legend, Kesha, Pitbull, and David Chang, and will be joined by many others in the weeks prior to the said graduation date.
These icons expressed how they are touched by the audio company’s move to grant the graduates a well-deserved incentive for finishing the school year despite the ongoing crisis.
Some further implored that their inner child encouraged them to sign up as these graduates need to experience a memorable commencement. President of iHeartPodcast Network Conal Byrne supported this sentiment and added that these students could not miss out on “such significant milestones in their lives.”
Class of 2020, has your graduation postponed or cancelled due to #COVID19?
Well, iHeartMedia is launching a special podcast just for you! Tune in to hear graduating class commencement speeches from celebrities.
Learn more by clicking the following link: https://t.co/rerCmEOfnE
— Insight Education (@InsightEduc) April 15, 2020
Other influencing personalities who will be joining the podcast
Soccer player and World Cup champ Abby Wambach, Katie Couric, makeup artist Bobbi Brown, Chelsea Handler, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, football player Eli Manning, Sienna Miller, singer, and songwriter Khalid, journalist Guy Raz, Tim McGraw, and Gen. Stan McChrystal have also agreed to become commencement speakers for the iHeartMedia’s podcast.
This gathered a strong response from graduating students who are more inclined to business, music, and sports.
The "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" podcast featuring John Legend, Tim McGraw, Halsey and more will kick off on May 15th. ???? https://t.co/PpQlsazi0j
— KJ103 (@1027kj103) April 15, 2020
Life advice given by industry connoisseurs
Byrne told CNN that the audio company wants to help build these graduates’ future success by making sure they have a foundation of affirmation, inspiration, and reassurance before they embark on a new chapter in their lives. The speeches are set to be focused on giving advice about life, success, and how setbacks can lead them to bigger and better things.
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