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  • Good evening everyone, and welcome back to SGN. I'm John Krasinski, and boy, just

  • when I thought being five episodes in we were really hitting our stride and

  • pretty much immune to any semblance of criticism, along comes the internet and

  • says, "Hi, remember me?" So without further ado, it's time for us once again to get

  • straight to the notes. And at first the criticism came in merely at the level of

  • a good schoolyard ribbing through tweets like this one from David Harris, who

  • writes "I'm a big big fan of Some Good News, though you're spinning the globe

  • the wrong direction in your opening." Or this one from Eliot M, "John Krasinski, I

  • love this show. Wondering, in addition to the awesomeness, if you could spin the

  • globe in the proper direction for the opening? Counterclockwise, looking down."

  • But then things quickly escalated to passive-aggressive when Greg wrote, "Did

  • the astronauts happen to mention that you're spinning the globe the wrong way?"

  • Thanks Greg. Well that ignited Elliot M to fire shot number two with, "The globe, the

  • globe. Please just spin it the other way. That's all that stands between SGN and

  • perfection." But the levee finally broke when Melanie from Northwestern North

  • Carolina wrote, "I can't stand it anymore. The fate of our world is resting in your

  • hands. Correct the rotational spin of the globe in the opening credits of SGN." Well,

  • though the bluster was more than slightly hurtful, the message was

  • received loud and clear. The problem was, how do I fix it? Lucky for me, my deepest

  • fears of the Internet conspiring against me came true, as my two seemingly

  • greatest enemies finally came together, the day science teamed up with fan art.

  • I'm John Krasinski.

  • I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.

  • This is SGN. Good evening everyone, and welcome back to SGN. I'm John

  • Krasinski, and now that our opening is not only accurately portraying science,

  • but also my very own personal dance moves, it's time for some good news. And

  • heading into week six the world had certainly found its stride as good news

  • can be found everywhere. In Troutman, North Carolina lives one of the

  • biggest Jeep fans of all time. His name is Caleb, and he just turned eight this

  • week. Not wanting quarantine to ruin his

  • birthday, his mother simply posted on a message board to see if anyone wanted to

  • help make her son's day a special one. Well, she got a few responses. "We had a

  • great turnout today and we ended up with 310 Jeeps. Great outpouring of support

  • for a special kid." "This is the best birthday present ever." Speaking of birthdays, last week we covered the incredible

  • story of Captain Tom Moore, who single-handedly has now raised over 36

  • million pounds for NHS charities. The even more incredible story?

  • He turned 100 this week, and well, he got the birthday wishes that a hero deserves.

  • In Hartfordshire, England, this family found out the Olympics were cancelled.

  • Their response? Nah. In Albany, California, these two little girls had the simple,

  • yet game-changing idea of simply going out into the street and shouting

  • compliments at people. Sadly, no video footage exists, so we here at SGN had to

  • make our first dramatic recreation. "Hey, your shirt matches your dog. I like that about

  • you." They could also be heard yelling this. "I don't know but if you have hair under that hat, but if you do, I'll bet

  • it's beautiful." And perhaps my very favorite compliment was this: "Your dog's

  • face is almost as cute as my face when I was a baby." In Watertown, Massachusetts,

  • after 61 years of being married, one 88 year-old man didn't take

  • kindly to the idea that he wasn't allowed to see his bride in her nursing

  • home. The only problem was, her room was on the third floor. "When he got up top

  • there, they kind of put their hands on the screen of the window, at

  • that point I teared up." "I asked my wife, 'How much do you love me?' and she

  • said 'more than you know.'" In New York City, outside hospitals, police and fire

  • departments have applauded their health care heroes every single night at 7 p.m.

  • Well, this week, one FDNY firefighter decided to take his gratitude to a whole

  • new level.

  • And having absolutely nothing to do with anything, but quite possibly the best

  • news story of the year, I'm finally an action figure. And it's time once again

  • for a check on the weather. Ryan, how's it looking out there? Ryan Reynolds: "Looks, uh, it's pretty

  • good." Thanks Ryan. Well this week, Spring has finally sprung,

  • bringing once again the season of beauty, the season of new beginnings, and the

  • season of graduations. That's right, the big days of celebrating one of young men

  • and women's true rites of passage is upon us, but due to the current bizarre

  • circumstances, graduation ceremonies all over the world have been canceled.

  • Well, that wasn't going to stop the world from still trying.

  • But, let's be honest with ourselves. No matter how positive we stay, no matter

  • how hard we try, we all know there's only one way to truly commemorate this

  • momentous occasion, and that is by having a graduation. So, I just thought, let's do

  • it.

  • Class of 2020, what is up? You thought you weren't gonna have a

  • graduation this year? You're crazy. "Is that John?" "Yeah, this is me.

  • Yes, get that hat on. Do it." "I've got to." John: "Alright, Class of 2020, let's roll call.

  • What is your name? Where are you from? Shout it out."

  • Ashley: "Ashley Hill, Brigham Young University." Negin: "My name is Negin, University of Bath." John: "Nice."

  • Scott: "I'm Scott Johns, Northwestern University." Emma: "I'm Emma, I am graduating from..." John: "I think you might be in the running for cutest

  • graduate. No, no, no, Emma, the kindergartner. Class of 2020 it's time. The SGN

  • graduation starts right now, and we're gonna kick it off just like every other

  • graduation with our class speakers. Hit it." "To my fellow graduates and peers. Not

  • watching from the bleachers on our field, but rather watching from behind a screen.

  • Today, we might not have a grand stage to walk across to celebrate this moment, but

  • we will be walking through history. Congratulations.

  • We made it. It is my honor to represent the class of 2020 as your valedictorian. Let's

  • pretend that I look like this while I'm talking. Tony Stark once said that part of the

  • journey is the end. Never did we expect the ending of our high school and

  • collegiate careers to end with us in our living rooms. These last three months

  • that were supposed to be the best three months of our school careers have just

  • been ripped away from us. But the thing about crises, is that it brings out the very best in humanity. This is something that really unites us. I've

  • seen many of you all in the Class of 2020 lead mutual aid collectives to help

  • underserved communities affected by COVID-19. It is more important now

  • than ever to show the world what we can accomplish. And it's a time of

  • reflection, a time to reevaluate and decide what kind of person you want to

  • be in the world. In my experience, the strongest people are always those that

  • have experienced the worst but have come out on top anyway. It's our thoughts, our

  • feelings ,our actions that make up who we are, and I implore you all to never

  • forget that. Class of 2020 has a very unique

  • opportunity to be able to lead by example. We have the resilience to

  • overcome any setback or obstacle that comes our way. We did it despite

  • everything that's happening. Can't nobody take our pride, can't nobody hold us down.

  • We are stronger together ,and together there is nothing we cannot do. Here's to

  • the Class of 2020. You've earned this. You all give me hope in humanity and that we

  • can overcome this together. Congratulations.

  • Peace. Turn those tassels, baby. We did it. I love you guys. Yes, that was incredible,

  • and I'll be honest, that is way better than any other class speaker I've seen,

  • and I've seen two. So, that was amazing, thank you all for that. Thank you to

  • everyone who participated, every one of our class speakers, that was incredible.

  • Alright I gotta keep moving this thing along here. Now hold on. I was trying to

  • grad out with you guys, but it's time for me to get official. Okay, I've got to MC

  • this thing. Alright, so let me check my notes. I'm pretty sure it is. Yep, it is.

  • It's time. Class of 2020, get ready to meet your commencement speakers, but gotta

  • warn you. We're gonna do it a little bit differently here at the SGN graduation,

  • because last year I gave a commencement speech of my own, and I was absolutely

  • terrified. So not wanting to put anybody else in that situation, I came up with

  • another idea. This week I reached out to all of you and asked you to send me a

  • question that you would love to ask your commencement speaker, and a whole lot of

  • you did. The result? How about we don't have a commencement speech, we have a

  • commencement conversation? John: "Ben." Ben: "John, how are you?" John: "I I felt like we had to

  • highlight you. You're such an incredibly intelligent kid, an ambitious kid, a

  • positive kid, and so that's all the things we need on this show and in life."

  • Ben: "Thank you John, I really appreciate that." John: "I wanted to bring someone who has

  • inspired me my whole life to answer the question for you." Ben: "Oh my god!"

  • John: "Maybe you can ask the question to him." Ben: "Hi, Steven, oh my goodness."

  • Steven Spielberg: "Hi Ben. How are you? Your wish is my command. What can I do for you?" John: "Hello." Meklit: "Hi" John: please it is so nice to

  • "It is so nice to meet you." Meklit: "It's so nice to meet you. I'm such a big fan." John: Oh

  • my god, I'm such a big fan of yours. Are you kidding me? I've been doing a deep

  • dive into you because I saw your tweet and I've been learning all about you. Oh, my

  • god, you are one of the most impressive people I know, let alone someone being so

  • young." Meklit: "Oh, my god." John: I don't know if you know this person. She's a huge inspiration to

  • me and this is, I don't know if you know Malala?" Malala: "Hi, how are you?" Meklit: "I'm good. How are you? I'm such a big fan."

  • Malala: "I'm good. Thank you. Very nice to see you." Meklit: "I actually wrote a paper about you in ninth grade."

  • Malala: "Thanks. What was it about?" Meklit: "It was about who inspires you and why and I chose you."

  • Malala: "Thanks, that means a lot. Thank you." John: "Amanda. Hi. It is so nice to meet you. I

  • have heard all about you and it is blowing my mind.

  • So first of all, you're graduating from Harvard." Amanda: "Yes." John: "So, achieve something one day, that would be

  • great. You've been named the first youth poet laureate in the country's history?"

  • Amanda: "Yes, that is correct." John: "Here's the deal. I'm not smart enough to answer your question, but

  • I do know someone who is. She's an inspiration of mine and I hope an

  • inspiration yours. I don't know if you know this person." Oprah Winfrey: "Amanda!" Amanda: "Oh my god!" John: "John!"

  • John Knitter: "I love the outfit." John Krasinski: "It's so nice to meet you. Congratulations. You're graduating today.

  • I didn't know if you knew. By the way, this is your diploma." "Oh my gosh, thank you." "It is so

  • nice to meet you, man. Thank you for submitting a great question and I do

  • have someone that I think can answer your question very well and bring some

  • enlightenment to your life. This is a friend of mine." "Oh my gosh, Jon Stewart."

  • Jon Stewart: "Hey man." "Hey Jon, how are you doing? Tt's the three Johns!" John Krasinski: "We're

  • gonna swap a lot of stories when we go on the road together as the three Johns."

  • John: "Steven, Ben had a really profound question that I thought would inspire so

  • many people watching this show, so he's gonna ask it to you. Take it away, Ben."

  • Ben: "Yeah, how do you still all your dreams when it feels like the world isn't so

  • supportive of them?" Meklit: "My question was if you can tell you younger self one thing,

  • what would it be?" Amanda: "Well, now that I'm asking it to you, the question was think

  • about a time in your life that felt like a low point at the moment, but actually

  • changed everything for you." Oprah: "Oh, I so love that question. It feels like therapy." John Knitter: "My

  • question as I'm a graduate is, now what?" Jon Stewart: "Now what?" John Knitter: "Yeah. Now what?"

  • Jon Stewart: "Let me tell you something, that is the question." Steven: "Well, you know, dreams are great tests because a

  • dream is going to test your resolve, and you're going to know a dream from a pipe

  • dream. You're gonna know a dream from just sort of a casual brush with

  • something that got you excited and then it evaporates. The real dream is

  • something that not only hangs on to you, but you will hang on to it. And it will

  • power you through every obstacle that people and the environment will throw

  • against you. Because if we're in service of our dreams versus our dreams begin

  • service to us, it becomes something greater. It allows us to be game, and it

  • allows us to get over our fear and to go forward no matter what obstacles are

  • thrown in our path." Malala: "Regarding what I would say to my younger self,

  • I would just tell myself that believe in your voice, continue speaking and don't give

  • up. Society tries to define us and tries to limit us, so I would say just do

  • not listen to that, ignore all of that and believe in yourself and continue

  • what you strongly believe in and what you want to do." Meklit: "Thank you so much, yes, that's

  • such amazing advice. Thank you." Oprah: "There have been several times in my life, Amanda, when

  • things didn't go the way I wanted. This is actually the most

  • influential in my life, it was the most impactful, because it was the first time.

  • I was 22, I got this big job working in television as an anchor on the news in

  • Baltimore. And I was placed with an older gentleman who didn't want me to be there,

  • but I didn't know that. I came in for the fall of '76, by April 1st, 1977 I'm being

  • called in by the bosses and told that I am no longer going to be needed on the

  • news. I thought it was an April Fool's joke. Anyway, I get demoted. I am

  • humiliated, I am embarrassed. I know that they are waiting to fire me. What they

  • did was, instead of firing me, put me on the local talk show. The day I did my

  • first talk show I felt like I had come home to myself. I believe that failure is

  • an opportunity to move yourself in a different direction. It gets better

  • because you've learned the lessons from the first time." Jon Stewart: "The person on Mr. Krasinski's

  • show before you, their question was answered by Oprah. So I

  • think it's clear, sometimes in life you're gonna get the short end of the

  • stick. You're about to enter into a world where you know no one's grading you,

  • there's none of those things that are going to be going on.

  • Stop completing things and start living." "Wow." Steven: "One of the things this moment is

  • teaching us, is that truly anything is possible. It will be imagination and

  • innovation that gets us all to the other side. I know this is a time of huge

  • loss, but it's also a chance to dream big about our futures together, and your

  • generation has something important to say about making that a better future

  • for all of us. John: "Malala, I thought maybe you could also

  • talk to Meklit because I don't think many people know, you don't get to

  • graduate either." Malala: "No, I don't. Unfortunately, 2020

  • wasn't our year. And a lot of students, their graduation

  • ceremonies are not happening, but we are not going to give up. We're going to

  • celebrate it in any way possible." Meklit: "I agree." John: "Or on an Internet show, you can also celebrate."

  • Oprah: "One of my greatest poet, mentor friends, a woman who became a mother, sister to me,

  • Maya Angelou, used to say to me all the time, "Baby, God put a rainbow in the

  • clouds." And this is true, Amanda. There have been many times when you're on the

  • ground, and you're going to fly somewhere this is my favorite moment in life, that

  • when it's really dark and dreary on the ground, and then you get in the plane and

  • within three minutes you shoot above the clouds and you see the Sun was always

  • there." John: "Amanda, if your average Friday when Oprah is quoting Maya Angelou and

  • telling you that there's the sun still shining up above the clouds, get out of here."

  • John Knitter: "How other than getting out there and going for it, like what now?"

  • Jon Stewart: "What did you just say? other than what?" John Knitter: "Getting out there and going for it." Jon Stewart: "Oh my

  • god, John. You just answered your own question." Steven: "You know Ben, when you do something that's really personal to you it means so much more than other

  • things you do that are there that are in-betweeners. When you finally

  • hit on something that really means something to you, that's something that

  • stays with you the rest of your life." Malala: "What would you say to like young girls

  • who are missing out their graduation ceremonies or need a positive message to

  • aspire for their dreams?" Meklit: "I'll say it's all about perspective. Even though

  • we don't get to graduate, that we're still safe, and that's not something everyone

  • can say out in the world." Jon Stewart: "You have no idea what's about to come at you,

  • and man, isn't that the beautiful part of it? The one piece of advice I would give

  • you is embrace that. You are now looking upon the horizon, the roads forking, and