H-town’s finest and one of the world’s most celebrated music artists Beyoncé shared a word with the Class of 2020 that has everyone, including non-graduates, feeling inspired and hopeful about the future.
Introduced by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on Sunday, June 7, as one of the official commencement speakers in the four-hour “Dear Class of 2020” YouTube Original virtual graduation special, the singer implored people to remain true to themselves and to create the change they wish to see in a world roiled by inequality and racial injustice.
“I see you, you are everything the world needs. Make those power moves, be excellent,” said the singer with 24 Grammy Awards under her belt. She also reminded people to “put in that work” to reap success.
Knowing a thing or two about losing and being the target of naysayers, Beyoncé reminded people they are not the thoughts and opinions of others.
“Don’t let the world make you feel you have to look a certain way to be brilliant. And no, you don’t have to speak a certain way to be brilliant, but you do have to spread your gift around the planet in a way that is authentically you,” she said. “Whenever you feel like you’re not in control or the world is against you, let that vulnerability motivate you into greatness,” added the “Savage” songstress.
Those who felt her message flooded the video’s comments section when Beyoncé posted the clip of her speech to Instagram.
“I am not even graduating. I am damn near 40yrs of age. This speech has got me in tears because it is exactly what I needed to hear. “
“Casually pretending that i’m apart of class 2020 and that she is talking to me “
“I am not class of 2020, but this has moved me ❤️”
Not to miss an opportunity for laughter, some also commented on how Knowles starting her speech by thanking Obama.
“love how she calls him president 😂 should be tho”
“She said PRESIDENT Obama, the forever president 🙌🏾”
Still, even between the jokes, her message was felt by thousands in every walk of life.
“Damn I feel like I just graduated.”
“The Queen said build your own stage/table. I felt that❤️”
Wrapping up the nearly 10-minute speech, Knowles ended with the following:
“My prayer for you is that invest in yourself, and see the value in giving back and building your community the best way you can. I pray that you continue to celebrate and value lives that appear different than your own.”