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The 2020 Skyline High School Class was unable to hold a normal graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t be anything special.
Perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, sent a special message to graduates during the Skyline High virtual opening ceremony on Friday.
“Somewhere outside the fate of any high school student, you were selected to graduate this year, 2020, and begin this next chapter of your life in the midst of so many changes,”
“Follow these instincts. And always understand that destiny has chosen you to lead the way into our post-pandemic world. Do it great, don’t we? We all rely on you.”
Hanks also posted a relapse photo on Twitter on Friday.
Great day for the Skyline High School in Oakland, CA! I’m happy to be part of it! Hanx, 74. pic.twitter.com/XWna7mdiYa
– Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 22, 2020
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have first-hand knowledge of the effects of the corona virus as they both contracted the virus in Australia to pre-produce Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. Elvis Presley film.
Hanks also hosted Saturday Night Live’s first virtual show while recovering from COVID-19.
Photo: Saturday Night Live / NBC
“Why me as a host?” he asked an invisible audience. “For one, I was the famous canary in the coal mine for the corona virus. And since I was diagnosed, I’ve been more like America’s father than ever, because nobody wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable. “
He also joked in a suit: “This is the first time since March 11 that I have worn anything other than sweatpants.”
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