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Skyline High School Class 2020 couldn’t have a normal graduation ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t be special.
Perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus, twice Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, had a special announcement for the academics during Skyline High’s virtual launch ceremony on Friday.
“Somewhere out of the fate of every high school you were graduated this year, in 2020, to start the next chapter of your life on your face and in the midst of so much change,”
“Follow these instincts. And always understand that you have been chosen by destiny to lead the way in what our post-pandemic world will be. Make it a good one, would you? We all trust you.”
Hanks also posted a cast photo on Twitter earlier Friday.
Great day for Skyline High School in Oakland, California! Glad to be a part of it! Hanx, ’74. pic.twitter.com/XWna7mdiYa
– Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 22, 2020
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both know firsthand the effects of the corona virus, as both were affected by the virus while in Australia for pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie from Warner Bros.
Hanks also hosted “Saturday Night Lives” first virtual show when he recovered from COVID-19.
Photo: Saturday Night Live / NBC
“Why do I host?” he asked an invisible crowd. “Well, for one, I’ve been a celebrity canary in the coal mine for the corona virus. And since being diagnosed, I’ve been more like America’s dad than ever before, because nobody wants to be around me for so long and I make people uncomfortable. “
In a suit, he also joked, “This is the first time I’ve worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11.”
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Matthew Tom is a site editor at SFGATE. Email: [email protected]