Attendees could wear pajamas to watch this year’s graduating class of Prince George’s County, Maryland, schools be honored.
The school system celebrated its seniors with a famous guest speaker from the area during a broadcast on ABC7.
Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson was the commencement speaker. She graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1988.
She said she wished she could give her speech in person, but that she was excited to be a part of celebrating the graduates’ journey.
“The coronavirus has stopped the world, but will not stop us from celebrating our graduates and all that they have accomplished,” Henson said.
The names of the 8,000 county graduates from 31, traditional, public charter and alternative high schools scrolled on the screen during the e-graduation, giving them some recognition and a chance to snag a screenshot of their names on TV.
Other celebrities appeared in video clips playing during the ceremony, including Joe Clair, Joe Haden, Kenny Lattimore and Taylor Thomas.