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  • -Hey, guys. -Hi, guys.

  • -Hello, we are... -[all] BTS.

  • And this is RM.

  • Dear Class of 2020,

  • it's been a strange year so far,

  • but you made it.

  • Today, we might not have flowers,

  • and we might not have graduation caps.

  • What we do have is possibly

  • the most special graduation ceremony in history.

  • Never before have so many gathered to celebrate a graduating class

  • for their achievements and their dreams.

  • You could be watching us from your bed

  • or from your living room,

  • alone or with somebody.

  • Wherever you are,

  • you will all soon be breaking out of one world to soar into another.

  • Ten years ago,

  • it snowed really hard

  • on the day of my middle school graduation.

  • I remember that day clearly

  • because I took a picture with my friends,

  • and kept it as my messenger profile

  • for the rest of my school years.

  • On that day,

  • I was just a boy

  • who had closed just one chapter

  • ready to pen another.

  • And I remember that feeling,

  • it's really thrilling and breathtaking.

  • It was a moment I felt most like me, myself.

  • A feeling I wanted to hold onto forever.

  • So, as a fellow individual in his 20s,

  • all the way from Seoul, Korea,

  • I want to say, congratulations.

  • [clapping]

  • We're very excited for what lies ahead of you.

  • Regardless of where or how far you are,

  • we hope our stories today can give you some sort of comfort,

  • hope and maybe even a bit of inspiration.

  • [whistles]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [laughs]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [in English] Dear Class of 2020,

  • I hope our stories reached you all today.

  • To be really, really frank,

  • we still feel very unsure and unsettled as we speak,

  • just like the day we left the school gates

  • for the last time on graduation day.

  • Some say we have achieved so many things,

  • but we stand no different from any other youth in their 20s,

  • our graduation caps still pressed to our heads,

  • and awkwardly peering into the face of reality.

  • The recent unforeseen events completely changed our plans,

  • and the sense of loss and anxiety we felt then, are still with us today.

  • The fear of an obscure future

  • as our daily lives turn upside down,

  • is a moment of realization of the self,

  • the realization of what makes me a true me, myself.

  • Us, as musicians,

  • we are pulling ourselves together by making music.

  • We write songs, we produce,

  • and we practice as we think about the people we love.

  • And it connects to the world during such difficult times.

  • And with music, we hope we can bring you smiles and courage again.

  • And V just mentioned memos and the photographs.

  • For us, our way of remembering

  • and communicating is to make music.

  • For you, it could be anything.

  • And our music and in our hearts,

  • and in the time that we break out of ourselves,

  • we're alone, but also together.

  • We may be seeing each other through just a camera and this small screen,

  • but I know your future will bloom to something

  • much bigger and magnificent.

  • Graduates,

  • friends, family, faculty,

  • today, you stand with us, the largest graduating class in history.

  • [speaking Korean]

  • [all in English] Congratulations, Class of 2020!

  • [all cheering]

-Hey, guys. -Hi, guys.

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