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Barack Obama Encourages Students to Stay Strong in Graduation Speech: "Don't Be Afraid"

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Congratulations, class of 2020! On Saturday, Barack Obama honored high school seniors in the US during the Graduate Together ceremony. The former president appeared on screen to commend students for their accomplishments and offer some words of encouragement. "Don't be afraid," he said. "America's gone through tough times before . . . and each time, we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like you, learn from past mistakes and figure out how to make things better." He then gave the students another piece of advice adding, "Do what you think is right." And in true Barack fashion, he ended on a heartwarming note, telling the honorees to build a community, stand up for one another's rights, and keep making him and Michelle proud.

The virtual gathering — which was hosted by a coalition of partners, including The LeBron James Family Foundation — took place in lieu of traditional graduations amid coronavirus concerns. Other celebrities who participated include Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Yara Shahidi. Watch Barack's full speech ahead!

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