Charlie Baker, Boston athletes, Steve Carell, and more to join televised commencement for Mass. high schoolers

"Massachusetts Commencement 2020" will air on WGBH on June 9.

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A Northeastern student's cap at a previous graduation ceremony. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe File

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High school seniors across Massachusetts will be able to enjoy a graduation ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic after all.

WGBH is teaming up with Gov. Charlie Baker and a number of special guests to produce a televised commencement ceremony for graduating seniors from the state’s 668 public and private high schools on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Baker will deliver the commencement speech for “Massachusetts Commencement 2020,” which will on WGBH 2 in Greater Boston and on WGBY/New England Public Media in western Massachusetts. The ceremony will also stream on the social media platforms of both stations.

According to a press release, “Massachusetts Commencement 2020” will also feature pre-taped remarks from Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, members of the Red Sox and the Boston Celtics, and multiple celebrities with Massachusetts ties, including actor Steve Carell (“The Office”) and singer Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”).


Members of the Boston Pops Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart conducting, will perform the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” graduation march music, and students from across Massachusetts will give valedictorian speeches.

“Graduation ceremonies are important milestones in a young person’s life that deserve to be celebrated,” Baker said in the release. “While we cannot gather in the traditional way, we want to recognize, celebrate and salute Massachusetts’ Class of 2020 for their accomplishments and their resiliency during these difficult times. We are very thankful to WGBH for working with us to help us do that.”


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