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Former President of the United States Barack Obama. (Photo: Time Magazine)

Obama’s 2020 high school commencement special goes prime time

Former President of the United States Barack Obama. (Photo: Time Magazine)

Barack Obama will be back in prime time on Saturday with a ceremony celebrating this year’s high school graduates, many of whom finished the academic year confined to their homes.

The four major US networks will carry Obama’s hour-long “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” a consolation prize for millions of students whose home-town ceremonies were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools across the country were shuttered in March and April, and students have been taking classes online, if at all, since then.

The former president will be joined by celebrities including LeBron James, Team USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the Jonas Brothers. The virtual event will also stream on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

#ObamaCommencement2020 was trending on Twitter Saturday morning.

Earlier on Saturday, Obama will appear at “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” honouring graduates from historically black colleges and universities.