Chicago to host virtual graduation for class of 2020

Adrianna Nehme, Reporter

Screenshot taken of TikTok @mayorlightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dances to “Renegade,” a popular trend on TikTok, on a new account created on the app by her to announce a virtual graduation hosted by the city of Chicago for all seniors attending Chicago schools.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced April 30 via TikTok and video that Chicago will host its first-ever virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 sometime in mid-June. The ceremony will be open to seniors at all of the city’s high schools, public and private. 

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a speech, and an undisclosed musical artist will perform live. 

U-High will have its own virtual graduation June 11 and possibly an in-person ceremony later in the year.

“I mean, obviously what I wanted — and what I am sure most of the Class of 2020 wanted — was a real graduation, but I completely understand that’s not feasible,” senior Esha Mishra said, adding that she is excited for the possibility of an in-person ceremony later this year.

According to Lightfoot, more details will be announced over the next few weeks through TikTok.