Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Announce Virtual Graduation CelebrationDr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Announce Virtual Graduation Celebration
The Oh, The Places You’ll Go! virtual commencement celebration pays tribute to the students and educators of the class of 2020.
May 1, 2020
Random House Children’s Books, together with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, has launched their Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Virtual Graduation Celebration (#ohtheplaces2020), recognizing the class of 2020 in light of nationwide cancellations of graduation ceremonies due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The ceremony will be complete with readings, graduation photo-sharing, inspirational words of wisdom and more, all inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book and perennial graduation gift, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Everyone anywhere can join the festivities and salute 2020’s graduates and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the book at the same time. Celebrities like astronaut Scott Kelly and WWE superstar John Cena will also be in attendance, with Cena giving a commencement keynote speech.
“It is an honor to join the Oh, the Places You’ll Go! campaign to recognize graduates across the country, who are beginning their journey of discovery and achievement," says Scott Kelly.
Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises are calling for nationwide support of the class of 2020 with a campaign encouraging people to post a photo in celebration of their 2020 graduate, or post their own graduation photo using the hashtag #ohtheplaces2020, and tagging three friends to continue the chain. For the month of May, Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will donate one book to First Book (up to 20,020!) for every in-feed post tagged with #ohtheplaces2020. First Book will distribute donations to classroom libraries in the fall in honor of the educators of the class of 2020, who would have been recognized at graduation ceremonies.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has always been special for graduates given its inspirational message,” says Susan Brandt, president, Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We’re proud that these words will still bring people together in celebration of graduates and educators of the class of 2020, albeit not physically. This year, it is especially important for them to be reassured that they will overcome the ‘Bang-ups and Hang-ups’ of our current situation and push on to success.”
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