Michelle Obama lifts students’ spirits with virtual ‘Prom-athon’ speech


Michelle Obama did her best to cheer up U.S. Class of 2020 high school graduates during her appearance on Friday’s (May 22, 2020) MTV Prom-athon.

The former U.S. First Lady teamed up with bosses at the music video network to put on an online Prom-athon to honor teens in their last year of studies, who have been forced to self-isolate at home as proms were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Hey Class of 2020,” she began. “Look, I know that none of you planned on missing out on so many senior year milestones, things like sports tournaments, or prom nights.

“But I am so proud of what I’ve seen from you all. You’re persevering through everything you’re facing and look, there is no playbook for any of this, and yet you’ve shown creativity and resilience far beyond your years.”

Michelle went on to add she wants everyone to “breathe deep, dance your heart out and enjoy this Prom-a-thon,” before sharing an added political message.

“You’ve earned it and, as always, if you know anyone who is not registered to vote, just tell them to text PROM to 56005,” she said. “It might be the most important thing you do right now.”

Hosted by DJ Khaled, aka Prom Boss, the event also featured performances and appearances by Janelle Monae, Bebe Rexha, Becky G, Chloe x Halle, Fat Joe, DJ Pauly D, and many more.