With the coronavirus pandemic sidelining in-person graduation celebrations, YouTube’s star-studded Dear Class of 2020 livestream on Sunday (June 7) helped fill in the gap for students graduating this year.
Following an address from Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Lopez spoke to the class of 2020 and let them know that difficult times like these are also learning experiences. “Getting fired? Learning experience. Getting your heart broken? Learning experience. Graduating during a global crisis? That’s more than a learning experience. It’s a growing experience,” J.Lo said. “You’re learning the most important lesson of all: Every obstacle is an opportunity to grow, to change.”
J.Lo also saluted the commencement speaker who followed her, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala, saying she was “honored” to introduce the activist who survived an assassination attempt: “She took misfortunate and turned it into a movement.”