Student calls for Obama to deliver virtual address to America’s Class of 2020

In this May 1, 2010, file photo, then-President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.
In this May 1, 2010, file photo, then-President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

A high school senior is hoping for a unique commencement address for the Class of 2020 in the age of coronavirus — one delivered virtually by former President Barack Obama.

Lincoln Debenham,17, a graduating senior from Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, tweeted late Tuesday urging Obama to deliver a “national commencement address” digitally to replace schools’ cancelled ceremonies as much of the nation hunkers down at home.

“Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020,” Debenham said in his tweet, which had nearly 95,000 likes and more than 20,000 retweets as of Wednesday evening. CNN

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