Monday, May 23, 2011

Magical Monday Moments: Pop Culture Graduations


Memorial Day is almost upon us, which means the time has come for schools to start letting go of their big fish. Yes, graduations are here!

One of the best (or worst) parts of any graduation is the commencement address. Last week, we watched Alex on Modern Family almost mock her entire class in her middle school valedictorian speech, only to have a change of heart and use catchy song titles to inspire the crowd. This made me think of all the graduation scenes we've seen throughout the years in TV and film. There's the scene in She's All That when Freddie Prinze Jr. drops trou to impress Rachael Leigh Cook. There are the graduation speeches by Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School, Adam Sandler in Billy Madison and Jessie/Screech/Zack on Saved by the Bell.

One particular speech always comes to mind around this time of year, especially this year with Please Welcome Your Judges intern Chris' recent law school graduation. Of course, that is Elle Woods' commencement address for the Harvard Law School Class of 2004 in Legally Blonde. Click here to view the video and read the transcript below:
On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise professor quoted Aristotle: "The law is reason, free from passion." Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law—and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct, you must always have faith in people and, most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself. Congratulations, Class of 2004. We did it!
ConDRAGulations to all of this year's graduates!

What are your favorite pop culture graduation memories, dear readers?

[Image Credit: AmericanRhetoric.com]
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