Class of ’20: The Celebration Starts Saturday!

You did it! Join us for a weekend of livestream events to celebrate your milestone achievement, featuring an all-star lineup of speakers and musical guests you don’t want to miss; a DJ party, and the country's biggest graduation cookout.


What’s Going On?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Event: #ShowMeYourWalk: HBCU Edition, Presented by JP Morgan Chase

Time: 2 p.m. EDT to 4 p.m. EDT

How to Join: Essence Live Stream, HBCU Connect Facebook

Confirmed Featured Guests:

  • President Barack Obama
  • Kevin Hart (Host)
  • Thasunda Brown Duckett
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Mellody Hobson
  • Omari Hardwick
  • and many more

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Event: #HBCUGradParty with DJ D-Nice, Powered by MoetHennessyUSA

Time: 9 p.m. EDT to 11 p.m. pm EDT

How to Join: Instagram Live (@dnice)

Confirmed Featured Guests:

  • Nas
  • ASAP Ferg

Event Description: To celebrate those that will miss the milestone of graduation this year, Hennessy and TMCF are proud to sponsor D-Nice’s official after-party for the National HBCU Commencement Celebration. In addition to highlighting graduates and their institutions, the #HBCUGradParty will raise funds for participating HBCUs and their students.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Event: HBCU Cookout, Powered by Facebook

Time: 12 p.m. EDT

How to Join:

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Paul Quinn College and UNCF will continue the celebration of HBCUs with the “HBCU Cookout” hosted by All Def and Watch The Yard. Powered by Facebook, the HBCU Cookout will be an epic party for the culture and closeout to a fantastic weekend of #Graduation2020 celebrating #HBCUgrad2020.

Why is this Happening?

Like most academic institutions across the country, HBCUs have been forced to cancel or postpone commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of this, JPMorgan Chase is supporting “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” a virtual commencement ceremony on May 16 that will celebrate the achievements of more than 27,000 HBCU students from 78 schools. JPMorgan Chase is supporting this effort through its Advancing Black Pathways initiative, which was created to help black communities close historical achievement gaps in three key areas: wealth creation, educational outcomes and career success to complete their bachelor’s degree.

During the event, HBCUs will raise funds to support students because research shows they must often overcome significant socioeconomic challenges to complete bachelor’s degrees. “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition” was conceived by Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College (PQC), and member of the ABP Advisory Council. Additional organizers for the event include Howard University, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the NBA.

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