[MHN Woo Jihae reporter / translated by Jung Halim] "People may say we achieved many things, but we like our peers still have our graduation caps on, still raw in the face of the world, still awkward 20 year olds." (RM)
Group BTS cheered their peers on the 8th through the virtual graduation ceremony 'Dear Class of 2020' on Youtube.
Planned as an online replacement for the canceled graduation ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BTS were the only Korean invitees, and were shown in a 12 minute video. The said video was filmed in the Seoul National Museum of Korea.
"We give our message of congratulations as fellow 20 somethings all the way from Seoul, Korea." started RM, and each member gave their own story.
RM continued, stating "Recently we went through confusing times, having our important plans turn to dust, and the anxiety and feeling of loss are still somewhere within our hearts," but continued by saying "We're thinking of our loved ones, and we now are focusing on new music after readjusting our hearts."
Member Jungkook recalled the time when his fellow members congratulated his highschool entrance/graduation ceremonies, saying "I am here standing with our members after I trusted myself, my fellow members, and the world. So everyone, I wish you would also take that first step, then keep on running."
Jin, the eldest, remembered how he thought of himself as a typical 20-year old facing college at the time of his high-school graduation, and talked about how he was afraid about going into a new world. At times he was afraid and anxious of his friends who went ahead of him, but "While I might be slow, I got into the habit of taking my time. Even when practicing dancing, I start preparing several days before the others."
Currently active through the name 'Agust-D' after releasing his solo mixtape 'D-2', Suga revealed that he currently feels like he's trapped in an island, and added "There are things you can do because its an island. To only focus on yourself, to try to break your own boundaries." He said, "Everyone has infinite possibilities. I couldn't even dream of being part of BTS back then."
Jimin stated that "I wish everyone is having a good time, but if you aren't I want to comfort you with all my heart.", adding that "I want you to rememeber that in a country called Korean and in a city called Seoul, there is someone who understands you."
J-Hope also talked about how while he makes music there are times when he feels he is at a dead end, saying "Then the thought 'just one more' keep me going." Continuing, he said "Everyone will keep doubting whether they made the right choice, whether they're doing well in life. Then, I hope you remember that the one pushing you forward is yourself."
V explained that he wasn't talented and didn't have patience, but he fell in love with singing and dancing, and that love kept him working hard for him to be in this spot. He said "If you do not know what to do after graduating, put some trust into your sincerity. It might be hard now, but I think that there's opportunity and hope and the end."
With this, BTS ended the graduation 'after party' as the last to appear in the online concert, and decorated the event finale.
Katy Perry opened the party doors, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Latin Pop boy band CNCO appeared in the background with BTS in the Korean National Museum.
They finished their 'Boys with Luv' stage with powerful dance moves, after which they showcased 'Spring Day'. 'Spring Day' contains lyrics about missing a friend and emotional melodies.
The final track was 'Mikrokosmos', which attempted to cheer their peers up with the lyrics "Let us shine / You shine the brightest'.
The event had Barack Obama, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, the youngest Nobel Peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, ex-US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, and other important figures.
Many popstars participated as well, giving short messages and performances. Especially of note were messages relating to the death of George Floyd, which has caused protests all over America.
Beyonce stated that the death of George Floyd and other similar black Americans "have left us all broken. It has left the entire country searching for answers. We've seen that our collective hearts, when put to positive action, could start the wheels of change. Real change has started with you. This new generation of high school and college graduates who we celebrate today."
Others, such as U2 leader Bono, Justin Timberlake, Sean Medes, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and others also sent their regards to graduates.
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