Do you know my parents almost missed my graduation and so they couldn't get a good seat? Instead, they walked to where the police barrier was at the front of the Astrodome and stood behind the stage, taking pictures? My friend next to me was like, "Hey, Pam? Those people with the cops, isn't that your family?" So I'm feeling it for Rory here as Sookie is like Austin Powers with a camera in front of everyone, interrupting the ceremony to take a picture of Rory sitting down. Headmaster Charleston blah blahs on about how great this class has been. He asks Student Body President Paris Gellar to lead the class in the Pledge of Allegiance. Paris tells Rory that she couldn't get the Headmaster to let her change the parts of the pledge she didn't agree with, so she's going to use air quotes instead. I wish we got to see that.
Rory turns and waves to her family and friends. From six rows away, they wave back.
Brad, I guess, is salutatorian, and he gives his speech, culminating in his a cappella rendition of "Cherish." It's pretty much Joe singing "The Greatest Love of All," but without any of the support from the audience. I'll miss Brad, too.
Headmaster Charleston introduces Rory as "Rory Gilmore," which isn't really her name, but whatever. He calls her humble, hardworking, competitive when need be, and unparalleled in her academic achievements. Rory takes the podium.
Sookie and Lorelai promise they won't cry at all so that they don't miss anything due to tears. Jackson promises not to cry. Luke says he won't cry at all.
Rory uses her usual monotone speech voice, and for some reason the audience laughs at her lame jokes. "Go back!" No, I'm kidding. She didn't say that. But you know, she totally did. Rory says she has two worlds that she lives in. One is a world of books, where she goes to all of these places and meets all these strange characters. It's a little depressing, because you know it means Rory doesn't have that many friends. Rory then says her other world is filled with her grandparents and her mother. She says her grandparents are kind, decent, and generous. They are her twin pillars: "But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life's blood. Lorelai Gilmore."
Lorelai and Sookie are crying now.
Rory says that Lorelai filled her house with love and fun and books and music, giving her role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. She never let Rory think she couldn't be anything she wanted her to be. Rory says the person she most wanted to be was Lorelai.