Peyton Manning and Erika Brown Featured in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020”

Peyton Manning & Erika Brown / Credit: UT Athletics

On Sunday, June 7, NFL legend and VFL Peyton Manning and American Record holder and 2020 Tennessee graduate Erika Brown will appear in YouTube’s, “Dear Class of 2020.”

The virtual ceremony is set to stream on YouTube Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

“Dear Class of 2020” features a festival-style lineup while incorporating traditional commencement-day themes with keynote speakers. Manning and Brown will appear in pre-recorded messages and join more than two dozen celebrities and artists in celebrating the graduating class of 2020.

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address, while Beyoncé will send an inspirational message to the graduates.

The programming will feature guest appearances from Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, Billy Porter and more.

There will also be musical performances by Lizzo, Camila Cabello, Chloe x Halle and Maluma. A virtual tassel turn, led by Katy Perry, will lead YouTube’s celebration into a grad-night party headlined by BTS, along with performances by CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion.

Other celebrities joining in the celebration include, Tom Hanks, Bill and Melinda Gates, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ciara and Russell Wilson. Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will also join in honoring the Class of 2020.

A complete list of artists, celebrities and influencers participating in the celebration can be found below.

Commencement Speakers:
President Barack Obama ● Michelle Obama ● Beyoncé Knowles-Carter ● BTS ● Lady Gaga ● Secretary Robert M. Gates ● Sundar Pichai ● Secretary Condoleezza Rice ● Malala Yousafzai

Performances By:
BTS ● Chloe x Halle ● CNCO ● Lizzo + The New York Philharmonic ● Maluma ● Katy Perry ● Megan Thee Stallion ● A Performance of “Beautiful Day” Produced by Finneas, featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ben Platt ● A Performance of “Still I Rise” featuring Madison Calley, Misty Copeland, Naya Lovell, Janelle Monáe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Yara Shahidi

Appearances By:
JJ Abrams ● Ray Allen ● La La Anthony ● Jack Black ● Ian Book ● Tom Brady ● Erika Brown ● Jenna Bush Hager ● Andy Cohen ● Stephen Colbert ● Lana Condor ● Cindy Crawford & Kaia Gerber ● Joseph Gordon Levitt ● DJ D-Nice ● Snoop Dogg + Martha Stewart ● Billie Eilish ● Missy Elliott ● Bill & Melinda Gates ● Evan Goldberg ● Jake Gyllenhaal ● Mark Hamill ● Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson ● Michael B. Jordan ● Colin Jost ● Rupi Kaur ● Courtney Kemp ● Keegan Michael Key ● Alicia Keys ● Jimmy Kimmel ● Jennifer Lopez ● Demi Lovato ● Peyton Manning ● Camila Mendes ● Shawn Mendes ● Hasan Minhaj ● Natalie Morales ● John Mulaney ● Katelyn Ohashi ● Chris Pine ● Antoni Porowski ● Billy Porter ● Seth Rogen ● Phoebe Robinson ● Michael Strahan ● Taylor Swift ● Daisy Ridley ● Justin Timberlake ● Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade ● Kerry Washington ● Russell Westbrook ● Russell Wilson & Ciara ● The Cast Of Euphoria – Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Storm Reid, Zendaya ● The Cast of Schitt’s Creek – Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Jenn Robertson, Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid, Karen Robinson, Sarah Levy, Rizwan Manji ● The Cast of The Simpsons

Featured YouTube Creators:
Jackie Aina ● AsapSCIENCE ● Jade Bowler ● Emma Chamberlain ● Nikkie De Jager ● Dude Perfect ● John Green ● Zane Hijazi & Heath Hussar ● Mr. Kate ● Sal Khan ● Prajakta Koli ● Liza Koshy ● Margot Lee ● Vanessa & Veronica Merrell ● Sasha Morga ● Mark Rober ● The Try Guys

-UT Athletics



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