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Watch: Selena Gomez's message to 2020 grads
2020 grads, this post is for YOU! Earlier today, Facebook delivered on perhaps the most unprecedented graduation celebration in history, packed with heartfelt celebrity messages for the class that definitely did not plan for their year to end this way.
Selena Gomez dispensed some invaluable advice to the Class of 2020: "I want to say it’s okay not to know what to do with the rest of your life. It’s a journey to find your direction or your passions, so don’t get frustrated by the mistakes and setbacks as they happen to all of us.”
The two-hour long social media special was packed with celeb messages, videos of real graduates and more, but it all culminated in a beautiful address by Oprah Winfrey, in which she reminded everyone watching of what's most important: "Even though there may not be pomp because of our circumstances," Oprah said, "never has a graduation class been called to step into the future with more purpose, vision, passion, energy and hope."
Oprah went on to remind those watching of all the possibility before them. "So can you use this disorder that COVID-19 has wrought?" she asked. "Can you treat it as an uninvited guest that’s come into our midst to reorder our way of being? Can you, the class of 2020, show us not how to put the pieces back together again, but how to create a new and more evolved normal, a world more just, kind, beautiful, tender, luminous, creative, whole? We need you to do this, because the pandemic has illuminated the vast systemic inequities that have defined life for too many for too long."
The full Facebook special is below, but if you don't have two hours, here are some bookmarks: Catch Miley Cyrus' amaze rendition of "The Climb" around the 52:00 mark, and see Oprah's address beginning at 1:50:00.
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