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The Skyline High School Class of 2020 will not have a normal graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be special.
Perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus, two-time Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, had a special message for graduates of Skyline High’s virtual commencement ceremony this Friday.
“Somewhere beyond the fortunes of every high schooler, you are selected to graduate this year, in the year 2020, to start the next chapter of your life face to face and in the midst of so much change,”; Hanks said. “Good luck to you. I like to think that just as Skyline High School gave me a direction and a natural to follow, the same thing has happened for you.
“Follow those instincts. And always understand that luck has chosen you to lead the way in whatever our post-pandemic world will be. Make it a good one, will you? We all depend on you.”
Hanks also posted a throw-back photo earlier Friday.
Big Day for Skyline High School in Oakland, CA! Welcome to be a part of it! Hanx, ’74. pic.twitter.com/XWna7mdiYa
– Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 22, 2020
Both Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, knew the first hand of the effects of the coronavirus, as both contracted the virus while they were in Australia for pre-production of the Baz Luhrmann movie titled Elvis Presley from Warner Bros.
Hanks also hosted Saturday Night Live’s “first virtual show” while recovering from COVID-19.
Photo: Saturday Night Live / NBC
“Why am I a host?” he asked an unseen audience. “Well, for one, I became the most famous canary in the coal mine for coronavirus. And since I was diagnosed I was more like the father of America than ever before, because no one wanted to get around me and make me happy. I’m the people. “
Wearing a suit, he also joked, “This is the first time I’ve worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11.”
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