Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez To Give Keynote Addresses At Citywide Graduation Ceremony

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City will hold a citywide graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 Tuesday night.

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced the graduation ceremony will be held June 30 for those graduating high school from New York City public schools.

“Graduating high school under normal circumstances is an extraordinary accomplishment, but I am especially impressed by the Class of 2020 and all they have been through to get to this point,” de Blasio said in a statement. “In this time of great upheaval and many challenges, they will be leading the way to create a fairer, safer future for all. I could not be more proud to celebrate them with this special sendoff.”

Carranza congratulated the students, telling them he was proud o them, especially in this difficult time. 

“Congratulations to the amazing Class of 2020! There’s never been a New York City graduating class like yours. There’s never been a senior year like this!” he said in a statement. “As Chancellor of all New York City Public Schools, and on behalf of all 150,000 staff who make our schools run: I am so proud of you.”

Hours before the graduation ceremony was set to air, Mayor de Blasio confirmed popstar Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez will give a keynote address.

The Bronx and Washington Heights natives join other celebrities including Lin Manuel Miranda, Tina Fey, and more to honor this year’s graduating class.

"Jennifer and Alex are great New Yorkers. They’ve inspired young people throughout their careers, and we’re thrilled they’re stepping up to inspire our 2020 graduates,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Our seniors persevered through extraordinary challenges this year, and I thank Jennifer and Alex for giving them a sendoff to remember.”

The ceremony will be aired on television on PIX11 and can be streamed on the Department of Education’s website at 7 p.m. 

Kori Chambers, Marysol Castro and Mr. G from PIX11 will host the ceremony.

There will also be a musical performance from Brooklyn’s Phony Ppl, as well as student musical performances.

The citywide celebration of the Class of 2020 will be held in additions to other ceremonies and events being held in communities across the city.

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