With most parts of the country being placed under quarantine since March, many students of Batch 2020 were unable to experience a traditional graduation ceremony.
To celebrate the achievements of the graduates despite this while giving hope and inspiration during this extraordinary time, Sunsilk held its first-ever Online Grad Party.
Actresses Kathryn Bernardo and Maris Racal, along with host Jaz Reyes, led the livestream that aired on Sunsilk's Facebook page on May 28, 2020.
During the 30-minute program, the stars reminisced about the dreams they had when they were young, and how they worked hard to achieve them.
“I really encourage, especially the newly grads, kung di mo alam yung gagawin, it’s okay. Take your time. And then once malaman mo kung ano yung gusto mo, go for it. Dun magsisimula.
“Sometimes you just have to jump, and then ang daming possibilities na mag-oopen sa iyo. Kailangan lang talaga gusto mo yung gagawin mo. Focus on what you want, hard work, patience—I think that’s the formula,” Kathryn said.
Maris reminded graduates to have faith in themselves.
“Hindi mo makukuha lahat ng gusto mo overnight. Ang daming hard work, sacrifice, and all. If you’re the type of person na nanonood ng self-help videos, ang daming steps para ma-achieve mo yung goal mo.
"But pinaka, pinaka-importante talaga at pinaka-first step na dapat mong sundin is to always believe in yourself and have faith in yourself,” she said.
Aside from the chat with Kathryn, Maris, and Jaz, notable student achievers from all over the country were also invited to the video stream, and honored as the Outstanding Hairkada of 2020.
To cap off the event, Kathryn gave her own “valedictory speech” to encourage the Batch of 2020 to keep on working hard towards their goals despite the challenges they are facing right now.
“This school year had been a roller coaster ride, and there’s nothing that could have prepared you for what is currently happening. No, you didn’t get to go up the stage to claim your diploma. No, you didn’t celebrate with your classmates. No, you didn’t get to have a normal graduation ceremony.
“But just a reminder: Yes, you are still a graduate. And you are still bound to do great things. Your dreams have not been cut short. And even though the world is currently on pause, your amazing opportunities are not.
“Maraming bagay pa ang maaari mong gawin. You can learn a new language, experiment in the kitchen, try baking or dancing, or doing DIY projects. Connect with your family and friends on a deeper level.
“Just continue growing, continue having fun, continue believing in yourself. Continue making the most of your #Habamazing possibilities, and the world will be waiting for you,” she said.