Graduation (Friends Forever)

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"Graduation (Friends Forever)"
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Single by Vitamin C
from the album Vitamin C
Released January 12, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, trip hop
Length 5:39 (Album Version)
4:26 (Radio Edit)
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Colleen Fitzpatrick, Josh Deutsch
Producer(s) Josh Deutsch and Garry Hughes
Vitamin C singles chronology
"Me, Myself & I"
"Graduation (Friends Forever)"
"The Itch"

"Me, Myself & I"
"Graduation (Friends Forever)"
"The Itch"
Alternative cover
German cover
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. Upon release, the single reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, and Ireland, as well as number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100. 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] Some radio stations played an alternate version, which features clips of students talking about graduation dispersed through the song. After the song became popular, the album was reissued in United States to include both versions, with the "Student Interview Mix" being a hidden track.[2] Several years after the song's initial peak, Radio Disney made a new edit to cater to their younger demographic, in which the interviews of students graduating high school were replaced by interviews of students graduating elementary school and middle school.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single reached number 12 on the Top 40 Mainstream, number 23 on the Rhythmic Top 40 and number 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 21 in New Zealand, number 13 in Sweden, and number four on the Irish Singles Chart. Although it was a hit in Ireland, it did not chart in the United Kingdom.[4] The song found the most commercial success in Australia, where it climbed to number two in December 2000 and was certified Platinum by the ARIA.[5]

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]

German CD Single[6]

  1. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (LP Version) - 5:39
  2. "Me, Myself And I" (Pablo Flores Miami Mix – Radio Edit) - 4:36
  3. "Me, Myself And I" (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) - 4:00

Australian CD Single [7]

  1. Friends Forever (Graduation) (Edit) - 4:26
  2. Friends Forever (Graduation) (LP Version) - 5:40
  3. Not That Kind Of Girl (LP Version) - 3:28

US Promo CD Single[8]

  1. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (Edit)
  2. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (LP Version)
  3. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (LP Version w/ Student Interviews)
  4. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (Instrumental)
  5. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" (Call Out Hook)
  6. Audio Bio

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Was featured during the prom scene in the 2012 film 21 Jump Street.
  • Was featured during the car scene in the movie Scary Movie 2. In the scene, the main character Cindy is driving to Hell House while the song is playing the radio. She starts singing along (albeit horribly off-key) until midway through she is interrupted by Vitamin C herself who tells her to stop it.
  • The song was covered by T-Squad on their only album T-Squad.

See also[edit]