During Facebook’s ‘#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020’ livestream, Gomez gave an honest and inspiring message to this year’s graduates, sharing the advice she’d give her younger self and words of perseverance. Through a video filmed from her home she said, “When people ask me what I would tell my younger self, I always said, ‘Go ahead and do it.’ You all have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and I know it’s not exactly how you imagined your graduation to look like.”
“I want to say it’s okay not to know what to do with the rest of your life. It’s a journey to find your direction or your passions, so don’t get frustrated by the mistakes and setbacks as they happen to all of us,” continued the 27-year-old singer.
Gomez also quoted #Graduation2020’s commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey and advised, “The amazing Oprah, like she said, you don’t become what you want not, you become what you believe. I think that really resonates as if you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect others to believe in your abilities.”
Concluding she went on to say, “Hopefully, you know, when large gatherings are allowed, everybody can get together and celebrate your important achievement. But until then stay safe, stay connected with your friends and loved ones, and congratulations for this milestone.”
Selena Gomez's advice for the Class of 2020? Don't get frustrated! #Graduation2020Watch the full #Graduation2020 event here: fb.me/Graduation2020LIVE
Posted by Facebook Watch on Friday, May 15, 2020
As schools remain closed and take to distant learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many American students are disappointed at the prospect of not having a traditional graduation ceremony. This is why celebrities have come together to share their advice, and empathize with the students through virtual messages, tweets, and more.
Other renowned names to join the ceremony included Cardi B, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, John Mayer, and Miley Cyrus who performed her song, a graduation ceremony-classic, The Climb. “I’m truly honored to celebrate each and every one of you high school and college seniors and all that you’ve accomplished,” said Cyrus. “As I was thinking about you, the class of 2020 and how you inspire me, I knew I wanted to share this song with you. It feels full of a new meaning. Keep the faith, keep on moving, keep climbing.”