The Graduate is the 22nd episode of Season 4 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


Joey prepares her valedictorian speech and Andie returns to Capeside for graduation. Pacey struggles with finishing his extra work in time to graduate with everyone else. Drue enlists Jen for a prank for the ceremony, but the principal is on to them.

lilian's letter

My darling Joey
I know if you're reading these words it means you've graduated from high school. Congratulations, sweetheart. You didn't have a lot, growing up. You even have been shortchanged one mother. Still, I want you to be proud of your family. If our strife has caused you pain, remember, it also makes you strong. Bessie is strong, and I'm sure she's taking good care of you. Of all the things my illness has robbed me of, I count the greatest of them watching you grow up. You're barely 13 now, still a young girl. And so, I'm left to imagine the woman you've become. Strikingly beautiful, I'm sure, and equally unaware of it. Quick-witted and strong-willed. Possessing the deep, soulful eyes of an artist, and a shy smile that regularly betrays the tough facade you do your best to keep up. If any of this sounds remarkably on the nose, it's because it's the girl you always were, Joey. And it's the woman you'll always be. Whatever you decide to do with your life, I know your future will be luminous. Wherever you decide to go when you leave, remember your days in Capeside fondly, and keep close those who shared your childhood. They will always love you in a way no one else can. And they will always be with you. Just as I love you and will always be with you.
Love, Mom


Bessie – It's not fair, you deserved a mother
Joey – Bessie, I got two


  • Meredith Monroe returns for her final Season 4 appearance. She would appear once more in the series finale.
  • Pacey graduates in absentia and only tells Andie that he graduated.



The Graduate on tunefind

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