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Alexis Castle’s Graduation Speech From the Castle Season 4 Finale, “Always”

Change is never easy, but in the wise-beyond-her-years words of Alexis Castle, it is inevitable.

As Kate Beckett and Rick Castle prepare to relinquish the past and dive headfirst into a new chapter of their lives, Castle's littlest character faces the scary unknown of young adulthood.

Last night, the ginger-haired valedictorian struggled throughout the entire episode to pen the perfect graduation speech, scouring through history's most revered commencement addresses, only to come up empty-handed.

"What the hell do I know?" the 18-year-old lamented, ready to accept defeat.

Always a dad, first and foremost, Castle gave his strong-willed daughter the advice she needed to break her bout of writer's block: Write what you know.

"Everything you know, everything you will know, is what's true for you," he says, hugging her tightly.

When a cap and gown-clad Alexis finally stood before her senior class at episode's end, it was worth every failed attempt, every rough draft, and every piece of crumpled up paper. Her speech was beautifully written, sincerely delivered, and peppered with bittersweet sentiments:

There is a universal truth we all have to face, whether we want to or not, everything eventually ends. As much as I've looked forward to this day, I've always disliked endings. Last day of summer, the final chapter of a great book, parting ways with a close friend. But endings are inevitable, Leaves fall, you close the book. You say goodbye. Today is one of those days for us. Today we say goodbye to everything that was familiar, everything that was comfortable. We're moving on. But just because we're leaving, and that hurts, there's some people who are so much a part of us, they'll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground. Our North Star. And the small clear voices in our hearts that will be with us … always."

Congratulations, Alexis!

Lindsay Dreyer is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayNYC.

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05.9.2012 / 01:30 AM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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