On June 21, over 2,600 attendees packed the Proctor’s Theatre for Schenectady High School’s class of 2013. At the 5:30 mark of Jason Pollock’s commencement speech, he gave his interpretation of Drake’s popular phrases, “YOLO”, “No New Friends”, and “Started From The Bottom”.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or you’re poor. Started From The Bottom is really for everybody, because we all started from the bottom. We all have to start from the bottom with emotional stuff. We have to start from the bottom with, you know, maybe being depressed. We have to start from the bottom with maturity, with understanding of the world. With morals, with ethics. And so each of you had to start from the bottom, and now you’re here. And I honestly congratulate you for that, and I want you guys to remember that Started From The Bottom, and life in general, it’s not about money and fame. You need to redfine what success is. And I think Drake is also trying to show us that the rappers and basketball players in our community aren’t the only heroes. Started From The Bottom is for all of you too. You graduates are truly leaders of this community, and let’s give them a round of applause.