It’s been a long, hard road for these Mystic Falls High seniors, and they’ve earned the right to celebrate. They’ve gotten through the graduation ceremony, a time for looking back, looking forward... yadda yadda yadda.

Since we didn’t actually get to sit in folding chairs fanning ourselves with a 12-pound MFHS commencement program, we missed out on a few moments in The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale. We expected to hear mega school-spirited Caroline (Candice Accola) deliver the  perfect graduation speech. She loves pomp and circumstance and her sunny disposition would’ve been a welcome addition to the event. Alas, the mayor took over those duties.

What would she have said about her eventful high school experience? Hmmm, we wonder...

Ladies and gentlemen, family,  friends, teachers, and of course, my fellow members of the class of 2013:

“It seems like a lifetime ago that we first walked through the doors of Mystic Falls High School, dreaming of becoming football stars or cheerleaders, writers or scientists. Or even Miss Mystic Falls. Well... Check! [giggles]

Four years later, some of those dreams have come true, and some haven’t, and some just seem like a distant memory. Four years of papers and tests, of games and dances, of best friendships and broken hearts [looks meaningfully at Matt]. Of mistakes and, sometimes, very, very bad choices [looks meaningfully at Elena]. We’re not the same people we were when we started.

So who are we now?  We’re older and wiser, of course. Our fashion sense has only gotten better and better. We can do math that once seemed impossible, and talk about the American Revolution like pros. Who would have thought, right?  If the aim of high school is college, then mission accomplished. So, here’s to you, teachers of Mystic Falls High, for preparing us for our educational future.  

There’s more than that. We’re also, to put it very simply, better. More compassionate. More understanding. Let’s face it, we’ve been through a lot. Mystic Falls isn’t always the easiest place to call home. We’ve lost some people along the way, and it’s been hard, but we’ve been through it together [looks meaningfully at Stefan].

So, who will we be four years from now? And four years after that? Writers? Football players? Teaching students of our own? Will any of us still be cheerleaders? Who knows. In many ways, I’m less certain of my future than I’ve ever been. That’s a very scary thing, but I think it’s a good one. If I’ve learned anything in the last four years, it’s that being a planner isn’t always the answer. But wherever we go from here, we know we’re ready for it because of our time at Mystic Falls High. After all, Timberwolves can take anything. Congratulations to the class of 2013! [basks in applause].

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