Lady Gaga had some impassioned words for graduates during YouTube’s virtual “Dear Class of 2020" commencement celebration on Sunday (June 7).
Gaga began by saying she recorded a different commencement speech that “reflected the shared experience” with COVID-19 that the Class of 2020 has had. After George Floyd was murdered, though, she realized that she had much more to say about the Black Lives Matter movement and protests.
She began, “My speech was recorded before the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent activist movement...while my original commencement speech may not be directly relevant to what this country most needs right now, I wish to tell you today that though there is much to be sad about, there is also much to be celebrated. You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this [country’s] evolution...change will happen and it will be for the better.”