Barack and Michelle Obama will deliver commencement speeches for the class of 2020

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesBy ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former President Barack Obama will be holding a televised graduation event for the high school class of 2020, most of whom are missing their in-person graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic.Separately, Barack and Michelle Obama will be hosting a virtual commencement celebration in June for the class of 2020. President Obama will also share a message for HBCU students at a virtual event in May.“Over the past month, President and Mrs. Obama have received dozens of requests from around the globe to address graduating classes whose in-person commencement events have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the former president’s office said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, the Obamas are pleased to announce that they will participate in multiple virtual commencement celebrations for students, families and educators.”“Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” will be a 1-hour multimedia event featuring several guests, and it will air on Saturday, May 16, on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as other broadcast and digital streaming partners, according to a press release.Special guests will include LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R. and Ben Platt, and the event is being hosted by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation.“This high school graduation season will be anything but ordinary — but that’s all the more reason why the Class of 2020 deserves extraordinary advice, heartfelt encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about facing new challenges in an uncertain world,” said Russlynn Ali, CEO and co-founder of XQ Institute. “We are grateful to President Obama for giving this gift to our nation’s three million high school seniors as they #GraduateTogether.”“Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition” will be a 2-hour virtual HBCU commencement program presented by Chase in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the National Association for Equal Opportunity, the National Basketball Association, Paul Quinn College, Howard University and JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways Initiative, according to the former president’s office. It will be livestreamed on May 16 at 2 p.m. ET.On June 6, the Obamas will take part in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020,” which will stream live starting at 3 p.m. ET. Both Obamas “will deliver separate commencement addresses” and “a joint message to students,” according to the office.That event will feature global leaders, celebrities, creators and more, including Malala Yousafzai, Sundar Pichai, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington.The announcement of these events comes after students across the nation took to social media to ask Obama to deliver a commencement speech for them, making #ObamaCommencement2020 trend on Twitter, given that they are graduating under such unusual circumstances.The Obamas have plenty of experience delivering commencement addresses and speaking to the importance of education, something the former first lady has particularly taken on as an initiative.High school senior Lincoln Debenham, from Los Angeles, California, who was credited with starting that social media campaign, was told by his mother about the former president and first lady’s plans on Tuesday.“This means a whole lot to me. The class of 2020 as well as anybody who wants to tune in are going to hear inspiration and uplifting words from these two amazing people who my generation grew up following,” Lincoln said in a statement to ABC News. “It’s what need right now and I’m glad Mr. and Mrs. Obama were so kind to agree to do it.”Last Friday, Lincoln committed to California State in Los Angeles where he will study political science. He said he hopes by the fall he will be in the classroom, but he understands his learning might still be online.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Angels lose to A’s after key double error by Andrelton Simmons

first_imgTrout hit a 437-foot homer in the first inning, and the Angels got another run in the second. They could have had more, but Upton made the first out of the inning on an ill-advised attempt to go to third base on a single to left-center.After the Angels fell behind on the Chapman homer, they got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.Pujols and Upton hit solo homers, sandwiched around a bloop RBI double by Shohei Ohtani in the fifth.Upton also singled and walked in what was an encouraging night for him at the plate. He came into the game hitting .135 in his previous 11 games, although now he’s homered in back-to-back games.The Angels left two runners in the fifth and sixth, and Simmons ended the eighth by hitting into a double play. The Angels would fight back to tie the score a few innings later, but they ended up losing anyway when Noé Ramírez gave up two runs in the sixth.Barría bounced back from his misplaced pitch to Chapman, retiring six of the next seven hitters. Barría ended up lasting four innings, charged with four earned runs. It was a step back after two consecutive games in which he’d allowed two runs and pitched at least five innings.“He was just OK tonight,” Manager Brad Ausmus said of Barría. “The one thing he did the last two innings was use his changeup more frequently vs. righties which was good to see. They got ahold of a couple balls. Chapman’s was the big blow.”The Angels took him off the hook for the loss by doing some damage against Mike Fiers, who continued an impressive streak.Fiers, who left with a 5-4 lead, has now made 21 straight starts without a loss, equaling the franchise record set by Hall of Famer Lefty Grove with the Philadelphia A’s.Although the Angels didn’t end Fiers streak, they didn’t let him beat them either.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces Mike Trout after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers (50) watches Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, after giving up a home run to Trout during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Kole Calhoun after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets caught in a rundown and tagged out by Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an rbi single scoring Kole Calhoun #56 against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim breaks his bat grounding into a double play against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani holds on to his broken bat after grounding into a double play during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Seth Brown (65) celebrates between Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, and third base umpire Alex Tosi after hitting an RBI triple during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman connects for a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman, right, celebrates with Robbie Grossman (8) after hitting a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Marcus Semien #10 and Mark Canha #20 after Chapman hit a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the bottom of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces Mike Trout after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 18OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on September 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)ExpandOAKLAND — This Angels’ season has gone so far in the wrong direction that Andrelton Simmons’ defense turned out to be costly in a loss.Simmons is a four-time Gold Glove winner and generally considered to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the majors, but he was charged with two errors on one play at a key moment in the Angels’ 7-5 loss to the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night.It overshadowed homers by Mike Trout – No. 44, tying for the major league lead – and Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.The score was tied 2-2 in the third inning when the A’s had a runner at first and no outs.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Robbie Grossman hit a sharp one-hopper to Simmons, who was shifted to the right side of second base. The ball took a tough hop and bounced off Simmons’ chest and rolled away. Simmons then tried to salvage something out of the play, but he made an errant flip over the head of third baseman David Fletcher at second.“Unfortunately, Fletcher is not LeBron James, so he didn’t catch it,” Simmons said. “I know that was a big play in the game. I’ve just got to be better.”Simmons was charged with an error for failing to catch the ball, and another for the flip.Instead of turning a double play, the Angels got no outs and there were runners at second and third.Jaime Barría then hung a slider that Matt Chapman blasted over the center field fence, for a three-run homer to put the A’s ahead 5-2.last_img read more

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