Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing protocols, high school and college graduations aren't what they used to be. 

While many schools have closed down until further notice, students have had to make peace with the fact that traditional graduation ceremonies won't be happening this year. An event that would have otherwise called for a huge celebration surrounded by friends, family and loved ones has now turned into a virtual event. 

This month, celebrities like Kelly RipaPierce BrosnanJulianne MooreLudacris and Healther Locklear have taken to Instagram to celebrate their kids' biggest milestone yet. Whether that's graduating from high school, being accepted into the college of their dreams or graduating from college—these celebrities are still celebrating their kids' accomplishments. 

On Saturday, May 16, LeBron James also hosted a star-studded virtual "Graduate Together" ceremony for the Class of 2020

The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, stepped up to the plate to deliver some uplifting words of encouragement during these challenging and uncertain times for this year's graduating class. 

"Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you have had to deal with the added pressures of social media, reports of school shootings, and the specter of climate change. And then, just as you're about to celebrate having made it through, just as you've been looking forward to proms and senior nights, graduation ceremonies, and—let's face it—a whole bunch of parties, the world has turned upside down by a global pandemic," Obama said during his virtual speech. "And as much as I'm sure you love your parents, I'll bet that being stuck at home with them and playing board games or watching Tiger King on TV is not exactly how you envisioned the last few months of your senior year."

He concluded on an empowering note, "No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it's easy to be cynical and say, 'Let me just look out for myself or my family or people who look or think or pray like me.' But if we're gonna get through these difficult times, if we're gonna create a world where everybody has opportunities to find a job and afford college, if we're gonna save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we're gonna have to do it together." 

Scroll below to see how your favorite celebs are celebrating their Class of 2020 graduates! 

kelly ripa, mark consuelos, Michael Consuelos, Instagram

kelly ripa / Instagram

Pierce Brosnan, Dylan Bronsan

Pierce Brosnan / Instagram

Julianne Moore, Cal Freundlich

Julianne Moore / Instagram

Heather Locklear, Ava Elizabeth Sambora

Heather Locklear / Instagram

ludacris, Karma Bridges

Karma Bridges / Instagram

For more on how celebrities are stepping up to the plate to encourage our future generations, check out this gallery.  

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