Drake Inspired Graduation Speech

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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.

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  • http://bachelorbrand.wordpress.com Young n Hungry

    Dope.. That’s how you give a speech. They’ll remember that forever

  • http://FAG PROPHET

    corny

  • rillmerch

    Now I really know what drake meant by started from the bottom

    http://www.stillrill.com

  • KILLA

    This right here is just ONE of the REASONS why Drake has the RAP GAME on lock. You can hate all you want but the fact remains right now he has the top spot everyone is after. Great speech not only because of the actual substance and message but because a speech like that will translate well with the youth since rap is one the biggest genres of music kids listen to. Respect.

  • http://FAG PROPHET

    everyone whos inspired by drake is mentally challenged

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    hahaha@”everyone whos inspired by drake is mentally challenged”…You wrong for that hahaha.

  • Black Shady

    corny indeed

    Drake about to takeover the rap game next month

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  • ao

    no new friends came after, started from the bottom…obviously not an avid Drake fan.

  • http://@Royalty7fld Roy

    What’s a Drake?

  • mac DIESEL

    And I think Drake is also trying to show us that the rappers and basketball players in our community aren’t the only heroes.

    ^

    ……………IRONIC COMIN’ FROM A WHITE GUY!!!! SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THIS TO THE BLACK “COMMMUNITY”!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • intellect91

    This guy spoke at my school a few months ago and did the same thing haha, i thought it was dope

  • Midsize Jerm

    This must be the first Drake video without Birdman in it.

    http://bkjames.bandcamp.com/

  • Yeezus Christ

    lol what a lame corny ass speech

  • Bornsinner

    TOMATO…..

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  • DJ Game

    Horrible speech.

  • NovaKaine

    If it was a black guy giving this speech it would of been full of Amens and bout time blah blah but some people cant accept anything from a differnt culture

  • Word

    I like Drake but I hate how stupid people are. Its almost as if, if Drake didn’t make a song about the most obvious shit, would ppl even realize the shit was a thing before Drake made it a song? The phrase you only live once, keep my your circle small is like no new friends, and the started from the bottom thing is crazy old..imean, you guys JUST pieced this stuff together when Drake made them songs? And if not, don’t credit Drake for this shit. Shits been around for yeas. Next thing you know “Because of Drake, I’ve realized all my hard work is all me. Its all me. All me, for real…..”

  • df

    drake runs the rap game haters are mad

  • http://FAG PROPHET

    drake runs #mylaugh

  • http://about.me/iamheartbreak Vincent “Heartbreak” Tucker

    I love it. Drake’s music has touched and inspired many people of different races. He’s a crossover star. Great Speech by Jason Pollock.

  • it’s the roc

    great speech.

  • gregory

    This was corny .. I’m so sick of hearing the word YOLO .

  • B

    FUCKING STUPID! FORMULATE OUR OWN THOUGHTS! TIME/ PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, AND THIS WAS’NT IT! DID SOMEONE FROM THE SCHOOL/ STAFF APPROVE OF THIS BULLSHIT? I WOULD HAVE BEEN ROLLING AT THIS CORNY MOTHER FUCKER IF I WAS THERE

    ^
    and im a white guy. this douchbag makes us all look like corn balls. thanks bro!

  • nikita marais

    listen all you muder fucker haters just becuse drake dosnt give up so easly on things and you do dosnt mean you can hate on what he fucking dose just becuse you muder fucking monder never loved you dosent mean you have to hate on oder people and by the way that speech is is tops i love it …..jel people make me sick

  • nikita marais

    listen all you muder fucker haters just becuse drake dosnt give up so easly on things and you do dosnt mean you can hate on what he fucking dose just becuse you muder fucking monder never loved you dosent mean you have to hate on oder people and by the way that speech is is tops i love it …..jel people make me sick