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Barack Obama to speak at LeBron James’ graduation event

Barack Obama and LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James watches as President Barack Obama greets members of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team members and staff after honoring the 2016 NBA Champions during a ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.

James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT.

“You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.

The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.


The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host.

The theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.

The virtual conference will be streamed on and most of the league’s social network platforms.