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The Graduate 

As graduation day approaches, Joey has a tough time preparing her commencement speech, and Dawson helps her find some bittersweet inspiration. Pacey wonders if he's going to graduate at all... See full summary »


Harry Winer


Kevin Williamson (created by), Alan Cross




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Van Der Beek ... Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes ... Joey Potter
Michelle Williams ... Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson ... Pacey Witter
Kerr Smith ... Jack McPhee
Meredith Monroe ... Andie McPhee
Mary-Margaret Humes ... Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp ... Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil ... Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan
Nina Repeta ... Bessie Potter
Dylan Neal ... Doug Witter
Mark Matkevich ... Drue Valentine
David Monahan ... Tobey Barret
Harry Shearer ... Principal Peskin
David Downs David Downs ... Mr. Kasdan


As graduation day approaches, Joey has a tough time preparing her commencement speech, and Dawson helps her find some bittersweet inspiration. Pacey wonders if he's going to graduate at all and worries that his last final will be the toughest one. He walks out of it after his teacher makes a rude comment on him, costing him his diploma. Meanwhile, Andie McPhee returns to Capeside for the cap and gown ceremony, and is surprised to meet Jack's new boyfriend, Tobey. Pacey spends some quality time with Andie and decides he must get out of town to search for his feelings. After a friendly talk with Doug about his future, Pacey privately says his goodbyes to Doug, and then leaves town, vowing never to return. Also, Drue temporarily moves into Jen's house after being kicked out of his home by his mother after an argument. Drue then tells Jen that before they both graduate and go their separate ways to college, he convinces her to help him pull a hilarious senior prank for old times sake by ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance








Release Date:

16 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Meredith Monroe (Andi McPhee) is credited on the regular credit sequence and billed as special guest star. See more »


Bessie gives Joey a letter written to her from her mother. It says "For Joey" on the envelope, with "Joey" being written below and to the right of "For." When Dawson opens the envelope, "For Joey" is all on one line. See more »


Dawson: You know, on occasions like this, it's nice that we can dress up in polyester choir robes and stupid hats, sit in the sun for a couple of hours to mark the occasion. What fashion Einstein came up with this whole outfit? I mean, is this a hat you really want to be wearing the day you know people are going to be taking pictures?
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Alternate Versions

In a cut scene after Jen and Drue were caught trying to set up the school sprinkler system for a prank, we see them in a car with Principal Peskin. Peskin lectures the two teens and assures them that he will find the proper punishment for them. Afterwards Jen looks at Drue and mouths the words "I hate you".
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


If It's Hurting You
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