BTS delivered inspirational words of encouragement at the biggest graduation ceremony in history, Dear Class of 2020.
We all know what’s going on in the world right now. No matter what plans you had for 2020, the pandemic reared its head to stop us in our tracks. However, rather than putting our lives on hold, we have found ways to adapt and continue living.
Although this year has taken many things from us, we have to try to look at the things it has given us as well. 2020 is about refusing to give up, and one powerful attestation to this is Dear Class of 2020.
YouTube’s digital commencement exercise and graduation party was nothing short of a phenomenal success. The class of 2020 may not have had graduation caps and that highly anticipated walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, but they did have the entire world usher them into the next chapter of their lives.
Dear Class of 2020 featured a thrilling countdown, which revealed Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic, who performed the iconic “Graduation March” song. Followed by the inspirational words of public figures, such as the Obamas, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, John Green, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Shawn Mendes, BTS took the stage to share their own personal soul-stirring messages of hope and resilience.
The BTS members each shared stories that struck heartstrings and sparked inspiration. The video commenced with the septet walking towards their seats in the National Museum of Korea. RM set the groundwork by addressing the graduates in English. “Dear class of 2020, it’s been a strange year, so far, but you made it.”
“Today, we might not have flowers and we might not have graduation caps, but what we do have is possibly the most special graduation ceremony in history. Never before have so many gathered to celebrate the graduating class for their achievements and their journey. 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.”
The boy group’s leader proceeded by launching into an anecdote of his own middle school graduation 10 years ago. It was apparently an extremely snowy day, but that didn’t stop him from celebrating the milestone.
Jungkook was next in line, and he proceeded to look back on his graduation a few years back. “I recently watched that video again, and it made me wonder ‘did that child really grow to become me?’.”
The maknae gave viewers an endearing smile, as he shared how far he has come from that point. Looking back on the past few years, Jungkook expressed that no matter how far he goes, he continues to grow and never ceases to move forward. This too is his wish for the graduating class of 2020.
“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 will also do the same for yourself and move forward.”
After his closing remarks, Jungkook playfully looked to the side and flashed a bright smile, signalling the turn of the next speaker.
When it was Jin’s turn to share words of wisdom, he tackled the subject of his struggle to keep up with the others. He shared a true epiphany with the viewers when he said that he soon realized that their pace wasn’t his. He wasn’t running behind, but rather, he was running at his own pace, just like we all do.
“If any of you feel lost in the face of doubt or uncertainty, or the pressure of starting anew, don’t rush. Take a deep breath,” Jin stated with a reassuring smile on his face.
He added, “You may find that any moment can be turned into an opportunity. Allow yourself to take it easy. Take it one step at a time. You might discover the important things that you were missing, and they will reach out to you.”
The next speaker was Suga, who used his words of soul touching truth to pierce straight to the bittersweet heart of living and marking milestones during this global health crisis.
“These days, I feel as though I’ve fallen to the ground during a race. I dust my knees and get up again, only to find that there is nobody around me. It’s as though I’m deserted on an island. This might not be the grand finale that you imagined, and a fresh start might seem far away, but I wish to tell you: Please, don’t be afraid. Don’t worry about yourself. The end and the beginning, and the beginning and end are connected. there are some things that you can only do in isolation, such as focusing on myself, and breaking my own barriers.”
The rapper proceeded to cap off his eloquently realistic speech by saying, “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. Take your hands off what you can’t control and get your hands on what you can change. As you and I continue on in life, we will find ourselves in so many situations out of our grasp. The only thing we can control is ourselves. Get your hands on the changes you can make, because your possibilities are limitless. After all, I also had no idea I would become BTS either.”
The floor was given to Jimin as he applauded for this year’s graduates and expressed his thoughts on everyone’s health during these uncertain times.
“I think about your health, and whether you’re doing okay. Whether you are holding on tight during a time when nothing seems to go as planned. Whether your body and mind are all safe and sound. I hope you are all doing well, but if things aren’t okay even in the slightest, we send our most sincere consolation with all our hearts,” the singer shared sweetly.
Furthermore, he said, “We are all in different parts of the world, in different environments and circumstances, but in this moment, I hope we can all give each other a warm pat on the back and say ‘it’s okay’.”
J-Hope beamed with his sunny personality before he focused on the importance of picking yourself up when you fall and learning to trust yourself. He conveyed his feelings on the times when his mind feels bleached white, and how he would be unsure of how to take the next step.
To solve this occurrence, he said, “Remember you are the leader of your own life. and chant it over and over again. I can do it. You got it. I can do it well.” If you ever feel stuck, take a cue from J-Hope; just trust yourself and go.
V was the next one to take the stage with his encouraging pieces of advice. He kicked off his message by raising a fist into the air to congratulate the class of 2020 before he launched into a thought-provoking question.
He stated, “When you look back to today years from now, how will you remember it? Many of us are at war with reality right now, but I hope we can take bits of this moment with us in a photograph or memo to look back to and remember June of 2020; and how it compares to the new today that you will be embracing.”
He continued his empowering speech by opening up about his own experiences and taking us on a trip down memory lane.
The singer shared, “In all honesty, I wasn’t born with the talents of singing and dancing, and wasn’t much the persevering type either. I began later than my friends and was lacking in some aspects, but I soon developed a joy and passion for singing and dancing. This joy motivated my persistent efforts, and has led me to where I stand today. If there is anyone out there who cannot see where they should go from here forth, I urge you to listen to your heart. Things may feel a little difficult right now, but somewhere out there, luck and opportunity are waiting for you. I believe that. On that note, I will remember this day. Today may not be my own graduation, but I will try to look back upon this day years from now and remember it as a memory to treasure.”
V capped off his meaningful statement by saying, “And I look forward to the day you will stand and tell us your own story.”
The septet closed their commencement speeches by tossing graduation caps up into the air as a sign of victory and celebration. It’s safe to say that after their heartwarming messages, there was most likely not a dry eye on the planet.
After over four hours of laughter, tears, and awe-inspiring words from people all over the world, Dear Class of 2020 culminated into a virtual after party courtesy of Katy Perry, Megan Thee Stallion, CNCO, and BTS. Jin, Jungkook, V, Suga, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope wrapped up the biggest grad party known to man with stellar performances of “Boy with Luv”, “Spring Day”, and “Mikrokosmos”.
We may be physically apart for now, but events like Class of 2020 truly have a way of bringing the best of the world together.
BTS and all the other people who were part of Dear Class of 2020, gave the newest generation of dreamers and believers an extra boost of inspiration. They gave them more reason to believe that the storm will pass and if you never give up, the world is yours, his, hers, theirs, and ours.
Dear Class of 2020, congratulations, keep your chin up, and get ready to spread your magic wherever you go.
Source: YouTube Dear Class of 2020
Image Credit: Screen Capture from Dear Class of 2020