A 17-year-old high school student has urged former US President Barack Obama to deliver the national commencement address virtually as the convocation ceremony has been canceled by the schools.

Lincoln Debenham who is a senior about to graduate from Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles tweeted “Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020.”

The tweet received almost 95,000 likes and 20,000 retweets till Wednesday evening.

Student Calls for Obama to Deliver Virtual Address to America's Class of 2020

Obama’s spokeswoman, Katie Hill replied saying that the tweet was ‘flattering’ but refrained from commenting on the matter.

Debenham said that he raised the request when he found out that Obama backed Joe Biden, his vice-president, as a nominee for Democratic President.

Debenham, with his brother’s assistance, came up with a tweet that rightly conveyed the message demanding a virtual ceremony.

 Debenham further expressed his grief about not being able to attend the graduation ceremony in person. He also called Obama an ‘icon’ for the 2020 batch.