SoCal Student calls for Obama to deliver National Virtual address to America’s Class of 2020

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A Southern California high school senior is hoping for a very unique commencement address for the Class of 2020 in the age of coronavirus — one delivered virtually by beloved former President Barack Obama.


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The Student Lincoln Debenham, 17, a graduating senior from Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, tweeted late Tuesday requesting Obama to deliver a “national commencement address” digitally to replace schools’ canceled ceremonies while the nation hunkers down at home.

“Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation.

In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice.

We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020″

Debenham wrote in his tweet, gathering nearly 95,000 likes and more than 20,000 retweets as of Wednesday evening.

 


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Katie Hill, spokeswoman for Obama, responded they were aware of the tweets and “very flattered” but declined to comment further.

Debenham revealed to news sources that he had the idea after hearing that Obama had endorsed his vice president, Joe Biden, on Tuesday for the Democratic presidential nomination.

With the help of his older brother Eli, the two came up with a tweet that they felt conveyed the right message to ask Obama to participate in virtual graduation rites.

Obama delivered several commencement addresses while he was president, but none have been delivered since he left office.