9 Graduation Episodes to Watch Before You Say Goodbye to High School

The senior class of 2017 is about to meet an enormous life benchmark.

Yep, graduation is around the corner, and we're really starting to feel the nostalgia. No matter how ready you are to burst through those doors of opportunity and emerge into the "real world," there's no denying that the past four years have been full of memories.

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we prepare for graduation ceremony by bingeing this list of the best TV grad episodes:

Gilmore Girls, "Are Those Strings, Pinocchio"

You'd be lucky to witness a graduation speech as tear-jerking as Rory's valedictorian speech. This episode is filled with emotion as Rory closes the chapter on Chilton and Lorelai faces the fact that the Independence Inn may shut down forever. But hey, a backpacking trip sure does sound fun!

Gilmore Girls graduation, Rory's valedictorian speech

(Gilmore Girls via Warner Bros Television)

 

Glee, "Goodbye"

Many of the OG members of the New Directions are graduated already, but before they go Mr. Schue is giving them one last assignment: to sing goodbye to each other. Uh, yeah, grab your tissues.

Glee graduation ceremony

(Glee via 20th Century Fox Television)

 

Suite Life on Deck, "Graduation on Deck"

The S.S. Tipton is being sold, which means graduation is bumped up. While they may be sailing on choppy waters, the gang's relationships seem just as tempestuous as break ups and new beginnings rock the student body of Seven Seas High.

Sweet Life on Deck graduation speech

(Suite Life on Deck via Walt Disney Television)

 

The Secret Life of the American Teenager, "And Circumstance"

Let's just say that the Valedictorian's speech isn't the most emotional words spoken at this graduation ceremony. The future's looking bright, and shiny, for Amy.

Secret Life of the American Teenager Ricky proposes

(The Secret Life of the American Teenager via ABC Family)

 

Gossip Girl, "The Goodbye Gossip Girl"

Graduation gifts may be customary, but Gossip Girl goes a little too far after revealing a slew of secrets from the past season. Of course, this episode is a total drama-rama but what else would you expect from these secretive socialites? XOXO

Gossip Girl graduation ceremony

(Gossip Girl via Warner Bros. Television)

 

The Vampire Diaries, "Graduation"

Despite ghostly presences and vampires, this ceremony may be the most accurate depiction of a high school graduation on television. Laughter, tears, heels sinking into the football field grass.

Vampire Diaries graduation ceremony

(The Vampire Diaries via Warner Bros. Television)

 

Switched at Birth, "And Life Begins Right Away"

The "real world" has never been more real than in this graduation episode, in which pasts are reflected upon and futures are planned—and Bay has quite the plan up her sleeve.

Switched At Birth, Daphne and Bay hugging at graduation

(Switched at Birth via ABC Studios)

 

Wizards of Waverly Place, "Delinquent Justin"

Justin is about to graduate high school… except a duplicate version of Justin created by Alex has already been out of high school for four years, and things aren't looking so pretty. Chaos ensues when the two are fused and the evil twin comes out on top.

Wizards of Waverly Place still from Delinquent Justin episode

(Wizards of Waverly Place via Disney Channel)

 

Girl Meets World, "Girl Meets Legacy"

Yes, I know, in this episode we're dealing with a middle school graduation, but the central question is just as relevant to high school: What legacy will you leave behind? With their hearts set on the ultimate class prank, the answer becomes less of what they leave behind and more about what they bring to high school with them.

Girl Meets World core four in Cory's classroom

(Girl Meets World via Disney Channel)

 

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