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Scrolling Through These Parents' Photos of Their Kids in the Class of 2020 Is So Emotional

'Oh, the Places You'll Go' Graduation 2020 commencement keynote by @JohnCena

We are delighted to have our good friend @johncena kick off this very special month with a virtual commencement keynote featuring Dr. Seuss 'Oh, the Places You'll Go'. Head over to our #ohtheplaces2020 Facebook group to celebrate your grad and for many more readings and remarks being released by some of our most honored educators and first responders, as well as celebrities, authors, and illustrators. Also, check out our 'Post a photo to donate a book' campaign. Post a picture of your grad and help a great cause. Graduation hashtag party: #johncena #drseuss #ohtheplaces2020 #ohtheplaces #graduation2020

Posted by Dr. Seuss on Friday, May 1, 2020

Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises want to celebrate all of this year's graduates, from preschool to grad school. Their Oh, the Places You'll Go! Virtual Graduation Celebration is taking place on Facebook, where parents are sharing photos of their grads, some with a bit of information on the places they're going next, in honor of the beloved book's title. As for commencement speeches, John Cena took the lead and completely knocked it out of the park with a reading of Oh, the Places You'll Go! and some touching words for the class of 2020.

"Hello, graduating class of 2020," he starts. "You're graduating, and due to the current circumstances, commencement ceremonies have to be adjusted." Following his reading of Dr. Seuss's inspiring book, the WWE champion adds: "I know circumstances are not normal, but that's the way the world is now. Please, do not lose the value of your accomplishment. Regardless of the circumstances that are going on right now, you have set yourself a goal and you have worked to achieve it. Celebrate this moment . . . Remember, this day has value. And yes, there is not some large commencement ceremony where you'll walk across in a robe and a funny, boxy hat and receive a piece of paper, but don't lose the value of your achievement."

Watch the full commencement video above, scroll through the group's page to see all of the photos parents have shared, and post one of a graduate you know. For each photo shared in the month of May, Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will donate one book — up to 20,020 books! — to First Book for every post tagged #OhThePlaces2020. Those books will then be distributed to schools in honor of the educators of the class of 2020. Congrats to all of the graduates!

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