These days, many of life’s most precious moments have been put on hold. For the graduating class of 2020, that includes commencement: a day for students to pat themselves on the back for making it through years of studying and reaching this academic right of passage. JPMorgan Chase wants to help this year's grads find a way to still make those moments matter.
Graduation day at Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs] in particular has always been a moment. Highlighted by extraordinary speakers, like forever first lady Michelle Obama and billionaire investor Robert F. Smith, these commencements regularly make headlines and have lasting cultural impact. Despite various shelter in place orders nationwide, 2020 will be no different. In fact, it might be even better as JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative is bringing 78 HBCUs together for an all-star lineup of speakers and musical guests for everyone to enjoy.
This motivational experience will be hosted by Kevin Hart alongside honored guest Barack Obama, and will feature special appearances and performances by Steve Harvey, Chris Paul, Anthony Hamilton, Omari Hardwick, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Wyclef Jean, and more. The event will be live-streamed this Saturday, May 16 at 2pm EST/ 11am PST on Chase’s YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn channels, as well as HBCU Connect’s Facebook page.
While the event will celebrate the achievements of more than 27,000 of tomorrow's future leaders, it will also raise funding to support to HBCUs going forward.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of history this weekend by helping the HBCU Class of 2020 celebrate the first graduation season of the decade. And for all the grads who were looking forward to showing off their graduation stroll on the big stage, Chase has a way for you to make that happen. Just share videos of your best strut on social media using the hashtag #ShowMeYourWalk. Chase's #ShowMeYourWalk HBCU Edition is largely possible thanks to volunteer support from all involved.
So as you’re counting down to Saturday, get inspired by words from Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, and Steph Curry below.
Congratulations Class of 2020.