NATURAL LIGHT TO HOST WORLDWIDE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY VIA FACEBOOK LIVE
Natty to rally college grads from cancelled ceremonies and host first of its kind virtual graduation with appearances from Mark Cuban, Jane Lynch, Stephen A. Smith, Amanda Cerny, Erika Nardini and many more.
Colleges nationwide are cancelling commencements because of the COVID-19 health crisis, and as a result, seniors will be missing out on the graduation ceremony they have been working hard for these past few years.
Announced today, Natural Light is throwing a Worldwide Commencement on Facebook Live this May for the entire Class of 2020. Natty Light believes that every graduate has earned a celebration to revel in how epic the past few years have been, even if they can’t experience it in person together with their friends and family.
This won’t be a typical commencement with a drawn-out speech by someone you’ve never heard of. A first-of-its-kind graduation experience, the event will bring together graduating seniors across the country and feature multiple speeches and sage advice from guests like entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, actress Jane Lynch, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith and Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini. More special guests, as well as additional news on how Natty Light is helping seniors prepare for life after graduation, will be announced in the lead-up to the event. “The transition from college to working life is challenging, period. It’s now going to be a bigger test for the Class of 2020 following the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on our country.
But graduation is the exclamation point on years of hard work and commitment, designed to celebrate and propel you forward onto your next success,” said Stephen A. “I hope my words of advice at the Natty Light Worldwide Commencement on May 14 help to embolden and motivate the Class of 2020.”
Additional quotes from the commencement special guests are below.
Viewers can tune in to the Worldwide Commencement, hosted by actress, entrepreneur, and activist Amanda Cerny, on Natural Light’s Facebook page on Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM ET. Seniors can sign up on the commencement microsite for the chance to have their name featured during the ceremony (terms & conditions below*) and to be kept informed on more commencement updates.
“The public health crisis has had a massive impact on college students, including forcing the cancellation of many on-campus graduations. We’re a brand known for celebrating milestones with our fans – and commencement is normally one of those major moments,” said Daniel Blake, Vice President of US Value Brands at Anheuser-Busch. “The Class of 2020 not only deserves a commencement, but one of epic proportions. Natty Light is going to host the most memorable graduation ceremony to date.”
Always looking to support its drinkers transition from college into adult life, Natural Light is committed to helping grads with college debt. Natty made a 10 year, $10M pledge to help their fans pay down student loans, and just last week, the brand took to Twitter, randomly paying fans $400 each who were struggling to meet their monthly student loan bill. Actress Jane Lynch on Natty’s Worldwide Commencement “Graduating college is such an important moment for people. It’s a time to take note of how far you’ve come and how hard you have worked. Now more than ever, we’ve got to show these legal drinking age graduates that, regardless of what the universe throws at us, it’s important to celebrate their journey and the bright future ahead.”
Actress, entrepreneur, and activist Amanda Cerny on Natty’s Worldwide Commencement “Hosting this commencement for graduating seniors across the country is a huge honor. Props to Natty for pulling together a celebration that 2020 college seniors deserve. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this virtual stage with the amazing and talented guests we’ve recruited. This is going to be incredible! EVERY senior should tune in safely from home and we’ll all celebrate on Facebook Live.”
*Natty Commencement No Purchase Necessary. Open to US residents 21+. Ends 4/24/20. See Official Rules for prizes and details. Void where prohibited.
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Natural Light was introduced in 1977 as Anheuser-Busch’s first reduced-calorie light beer. Currently the sixth best-selling beer in America, Natural Light is brewed with a blend of premium hops and a combination of select grains producing a clean flavor, light body and satisfying refreshment.
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