Graduation (Friends Forever)

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"Graduation (Friends Forever)"
Single by Vitamin C
from the album Vitamin C
Released June 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop
Length 5:39 (Album Version)
4:26 (Radio Edit)
Label Elektra
Producer(s) Josh Deutsch and Garry Hughes
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Vitamin C singles chronology
"Me, Myself & I"
"Graduation (Friends Forever)"
"The Itch"
Alternative covers
German cover

"Graduation (Friends Forever)" is a single by American pop singer Vitamin C released in 2000 through Elektra Entertainment. It was the third single from her debut studio album, Vitamin C. The song is well known for being played at high school graduations and at some middle school and elementary school promotions.


The opening lyrics of "Graduation (Friends Forever)" allude to "All the Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople. The song is heavily based on Pachelbel's Canon in D, transposed to the key of C major, and also includes the opening of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30.[1]


The single reached number twelve on the Top 40 Mainstream, number twenty-three on the Rhythmic Top 40 and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 30, 2000, after reaching the Top 40 on May 9, becoming her second single to reach the Top 40. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" reached number two on the Australian ARIA Charts, peaked at number twenty-one in New Zealand on the RIANZ Charts, reached number thirteen in the Swedish Singles Chart and number four on the Irish Singles Chart. The single was certified Platinum in Australia.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Graduation (Friends Forever)" was directed by Gregory Dark and was filmed at Van Nuys High School. The video is featured in the DirecTV original show Rock and a Hard Place.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (album version) - 5:40
  2. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (radio edit) - 4:26

Europe Maxi-CD

  1. Friends Forever (Graduation) (Edit) 4:20
  2. Friends Forever (Graduation) (LP Version) 5:40
  3. Not That Kind Of Girl (LP Version) 3:20

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 38
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[9] 12

In popular culture[edit]

  • Was used during the prom scene in the 2012 film 21 Jump Street.
  • Was used during the car scene in the movie Scary Movie 2. In the scene, the main character Cindy is singing the song horribly off-key on her way to Hell House. She is then interrupted by Vitamin C herself midway through the song, who tells her to stop it.