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September 11th, 2003

TV Graduation

A very common theme on TV sitcoms is the graduation episode, especially when there’s a high school or college-aged character on the show. Every one I’ve ever seen has taken place in a small auditorium with maybe 25 students. I think the implication is that there were a lot more.

Family Ties had three graduation episodes (Alex from high school (beat out by his girlfriend for valedictorian!), Mallory from high school, and Alex from college), which has to be some sort of record.

Of course my favorite of all time was the Saved by the Bell graduation [ep. 12.11] (from high school, not The College Years) where not only did they not announce the graduates in anything remotely resembling alphabetical order, but Zack Morris?who almost didn’t graduate, until he took a ballet class?gets to give a speech in front of his class.

Do you have any fond fictional graduation memories?

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 10:30:39 am
I loved 90210's graduation.



FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 11:35:29 am
And I can still hear the chants of "Let Donna Martin graduate!"...



FROM: fedel
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 3:50:53 pm
i liked the t.v. graduation where they gave out free pens.



FROM: daoliveira
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 6:00:29 pm
Why spend half a day preparing for and attending the most boring ceremony in history when you COULD be souping up the van and taking a ROAD TRIP!!!!! ;-j



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 6:20:47 pm
I hated being at both my graduations and I can't imagine watching one on TV would be much better.



FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday September 11, 2003 -- 11:27:50 pm
My parents made me attend my college one...it seemed silly because they did not read individual names, nor did I walk across a stage. It seemed silly to drive almost 3 hours back to school for the ceremony, but I did it, and as a result, and I have the last known photos of me with a perm.

I liked the fact that Fonzie went back to get his diploma, but didn't they try to prevent him from taking part in an actual ceremony? Someone help me out here.



FROM: Ace High
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 5:45:13 pm
I can't stand graduation ceremonies in real life (even my own). Graduations on a TV show are a sure sign that show is going downhill.



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