“Given the overwhelming desire to recognize this year’s graduating seniors,” CNN has chosen to air a two-hour, primetime special on Saturday, May 17th, honoring the Class of 2020, the network announced this morning, hosted by anchors Don Lemon, Erin Burnett, and Jake Tapper.
Class of 2020: In This Together will air worldwide from 7pm ET across CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Espanol. The first hour will be produced by CNN and focus on students and educators,inspiring stories, musical performances and words of encouragement from special guests including former President Bill Clinton, Amy Schumer, Jason Alexander, Gal Gadot, Jack Gilinsky, Henry Winkler, Alex Rodriguez, Keegan-Michael Key and Anthony Anderson with performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Bazzi and Foster the People.
At 8pm, CNN will simulcast Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a special event that will include a collection of commencement messages, musical performances, and inspirational vignettes from a variety of guests including former President Barack Obama, LeBron James, the Jonas Brothers, Zendaya, Olivia Wilde, Ben Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai and much more. The one-hour, commercial-free event will be carried by more than 20 broadcast and cable networks and streaming channels throughout the U.S. Proceeds will benefit DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund to help meet student needs in some of our nation’s most underserved and under-resourced communities.Follow @CommentaryCNN