With that, Ryan and Marissa rejoin Summer and Seth. Ryan dorkily says "let's go graduate!" They do this in a music montage. Valedictorian Taylor Townsend leads the group outside to where a small crowd of extras are waiting for them. Taylor Townsend reads the speech her mother totally wrote with her, judging by Mrs. T's mouthing the words as Taylor says them. There's talk of journeys and your typical high-school valedictorian speech stuff, and each of the kids get their diplomas. I especially enjoyed it when Ryan got his and Dawn clapped and cheered and cried. Sandy's reaction to Seth getting his diploma is much more enthusiastic than it was for Ryan in the Cohens' continuing tradition of loving him more. Sandy does not perform a rap, however. Too bad. Julie embarrasses the hell out of Marissa by standing up and pumping her fist in the air when Marissa gets her diploma, and she's all weepy and proud and stuff. Marissa even gives her a cute little happy wave. Summer hugs the hell out of Dr. Kim when she gets her diploma. I had no idea Summer and Dr. Kim were so tight. This is followed by the mandatory photo session, and Adam Brody has never had a good picture taken in one of these things. He's always making a funny face or scrunching his nose up or blinking. Kaitlin throws up gang signs in her pictures, because she is hateful. And then all the kids throw their caps up in the air, which I was not allowed to do at my high school graduation because our school feared that the sharp edges would poke our eyes out on the way down.
Everyone goes to the Yacht Club for a celebration dinner, which oddly begins with someone off-camera saying "there's no such thing as a little racist." This is not followed by someone mentioning a midget who hated black people, so I don't know what the point of that was. Sandy calls the table to order so he can make a speech about all the wonderful touchstones they've experienced together, filled with tragedy, comedy, first loves (Seth and Summer look at each other), and broken hearts (Ryan and Marissa do not look at each other), and dead family members. Cheers! Summer starts crying that all their Harbor fun is over and now they'll all be going their separate ways, especially if Seth doesn't get into RISD. Seth promises her that whatever happens, they'll make it work. The last time he said that, Summer got into college and he didn't, and he lied to everyone for no reason and almost ruined his relationship with his parents and his girlfriend.