Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a lot of seniors around the world are missing out on their official graduation ceremonies and as heartbreaking as it is, thankfully, they have another alternative. Virtual ceremonies are all the rage right now. Sprinkle in a few inspirational celebrities and students get to experience something really special, even if it’s all happening through a screen. And this is exactly what YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’ brought to the table. The ceremony took place over the weekend and it witnessed a number of musicians coming in to lend their commencement speeches, plus a performance or two. Of the long list of artists was none other than BTS.
The boys sent off this year’s graduates with a virtual mini concert. It featured fan favourites: a medley of the tracks, “Boy With Luv,” “Spring Day” and “Mikrokosmos.”
BTS filmed their performance at the National Museum of Korea, looking dapper in their suits, wowing fans with their flawless choreography. While the performance of ‘Spring Day’ saw the boys in shades of cream and yellow, swaying on stools. ‘Mikrokosmos’ arrived with a whole lot of energy. The boys switched to casual wear, singing the cheery melody while throwing finger hearts at the camera. And finally, ‘Boy With Luv’ saw them return to light coloured suits as they dazzled the viewers with their fancy footwork.
BTS had already chimed in with inspirational messages and their own graduation stories earlier in the day. But the final speech was delivered by their leader, Kim Namjoon, who told the graduating students to walk boldly out into the world. And with a promise that whatever they chose to do, they would soar.
“Today, we might not have flowers, and we might not have graduation caps.”
What we do have is possibly the most special graduation ceremony in history. Never before have so many gathered to celebrate a graduating class for their achievements and their dreams. You could be watching us from your bed or from your living room, alone or with somebody. Wherever you are, you will all soon be breaking out of one world to soar into another,” Namjoon concluded.
BTS Looks Back on Their Graduation Ceremonies
Now, we can bet you’re curious to hear each of their stories and so, here you go, we’ve highlighted the best parts:
“RM mentioned that he still sees himself in the boy in the graduation picture, but I feel like I’ve come a very long way. All I’ve done is continue on, but even today, I continue to learn new things. So here I stand today with my members, with faith in myself, my members, and the world. And I hope you all also do the same for yourself and move forward.”
“Many of you are at war with reality right now. But I hope we can take bits of this moment with us, in a photograph or a memo, to look back and remember June of 2020, and how it compares to the new today you will be embracing.”
“I hope you are all doing well, but if things are not OK—even in the slightest—we send you our most sincere consolation with all our hearts. SUGA likened the stage of today to being deserted on an island, but I hope you will never give up. Remember there is a person here in Korea, in the city of Seoul, who understands you.”
“There will be times in your life when you question your own decisions, whether it be about your major or your profession, whether you have made the right choice, whether you are doing well or walking the path of failure. And when you do, remember: You are the leader of your own life, and chant it over and over again.”
“One small person can dream the biggest dream, paint the largest picture, and make endless possibilities come true. When we meet again, I look forward to seeing your dream, your picture, and your endless possibilities out in this world.”
“Sometimes, I’d feel restless, watching my friends go on far ahead of me, and attempting to keep up with their speed would only leave me breathless. I soon realized that their pace was not my own. What held me together during these times was a promise I made with myself to ‘take it slow.’ I’d go at my own pace, steadily.”
These little tid bits from BTS will definitely linger with us for a long while, and we hope, their words stay with you too. ‘Dear Class of 2020’ also saw other speeches from the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Mariah Carey and countless other artists. So, stay tuned for a peek at all that and more!
By: Nina Karun