Oprah Winfrey Will Speak at Virtual Citywide Graduation for Class of 2020

As high school seniors cope with many changes due to the global pandemic, Chicago is determined to celebrate their milestone by recruiting former Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey.


Oprah will be the commencement speaker for the virtual graduation held for the city’s high school classes of 2020. The event, set for mid-June, will acknowledge the students’ achievements with speeches and performances.


“The times we are living in are historic and stunning, forcing us all to take a deep look at who we are as a people and our place in the world,” says Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a statement. “No one knows this better than Oprah, and I join all of Chicago in looking forward to hearing the wisdom she’ll be sharing with our incredible young people as they take this unforgettable next step on their life’s journey.”


Further details about the ceremony will be announced soon.



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