The Jonas Brothers, Liam Payne & More Cheer on Graduates

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The global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a number of seniors across the globe missing out on their graduation ceremonies. And that’s why, many organizations have stepped in to provide a virtual star-studded ceremony for these kids. ‘Her Campus’ is one of the many organizations that’ve carried out these efforts.

So, ‘Her Campus’ a media brand for college women, hosted, ‘I’m Still Graduating’. This was a virtual ceremony that brought together some of the most inspiring musicians, entrepreneurs and comedians to commemorate the Class of 2020. 

This ceremony witnessed a number of musical performers from the likes of Alec Benjamin, Liam Payne, Isabela Merced, Jesse McCartney and a number of others. 

Life Advice From Liam Payne

Liam Payne had one of the sweetest messages for the graduates. Before giving them a taste of his gorgeous vocals, he had this to say:

“While I was in One Direction, I felt like the world ran away from me a little bit and wasn’t really realizing what was going on in that moment,” he explained, before reminding the young graduates to stay in the present and to be aware of all their words and actions. “You are, without realizing, right in your life story every single day.”

“As long as you remember that and take caution in all your choices, that will make you take implied risks and better yourself,” he concluded.

As if this heartwarming speech wasn’t enough, he also continued by singing his latest collaborative track with Alesso, ‘Midnight’.

But it didn’t end with Liam. The ceremony also witnessed a surprise appearance from none other than the Jonas Brothers. “Congratulations on your virtual campus graduation. I have yet to graduate myself, so you are one step ahead,” Kevin Jonas said. The boys haven’t had a minute to rest because just yesterday, they dropped their latest collab with Karol G. And in a couple of days, we’ll be seeing them perform this number live.

Pearl Jam and Greta Thunberg Force Us To Face Reality

Pearl Jam and Greta Thunberg

American rock band, Pearl Jam, have roped in Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, for the official music video for their track “Retrograde“. 

In a swerve away from the common theme of songs of hope and optimism, Pearl Jam paint a bleak picture of the world’s possible future in their new animated, stop motion music video for their latest release “Retrograde”. The song explores the trials we all face today, the consequences of our choices and the current state of affairs we all lament. The band sings: “Stars align/ they say when things are better than right now// Feel the retrograde spin us /round, round.”

The video proposes the idea of what the world will look like, lest we change our ways. Greta Thunberg, the world-famous 17-year old environmentalist, unironically plays the fortune teller revealing these images of dystopia to the audience in the Pearl Jam video.

While Pearl Jam has prophetically laid out the dangerous possibility of our near future, we’re not entirely sure it’s what the world needed at this point in time. We are in the thick of a global pandemic, so a little hope would do everyone good. 

Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg has spent the better half of her day dealing with the wrath of the Twittersphere. In light of her appearance on a COVID-19 panel discussion on broadcasting channel CNN, the 17 year old has been dragged to internet-troll hell and back for even being considered a valuable member of a panel regarding health issues.

But, for anyone who thought they’d shown Thunberg the door, self-reflection is due. The Swedish native took to Twitter to express her view on the matter, shutting down any criticism with pure fact. 

And while Great Thunberg continues to be dragged by people all over the world, there are those validating her legitimacy on the panel, too.