Trivia: Because the weather was so bad, and it was raining for days, they had to keep putting off filming the Graduation scenes. The opening scene in this episode, the Practice Graduation was shot either the last day or the second to last day of filming because of the rain. All week long, the weather was awful and kept raining, which forced them to delay the Graduation scenes.
Trivia: As Paul Stupin mentions in the Commentary for this episode; because Wilmington was so close to the ocean, the weather was constantly changing. When they talked to people on the crew; everyone down there seemed to know either someone whose house, shed, or garage was hit by lightning; or they knew someone who had been hit by lightning, mainly because of the wild weather, and the storms being so bad.
Trivia: During this scene, Dawson's parents give him a watch with an inscription for his graduation present. The inscription reads "If you will it, it is no dream" or something similar. Alan Cross, who wrote this scene, explains during the commentary that he originally intended to use a line from a Beatle's song "All You Need Is Love" for the inscription. But the show felt that although that would be appropriate for his parent's generation, they needed something more profound. So Alan bought a book of quotes, looked through them and finally ended up improvising the aired version of the inscription.
Trivia: During this scene, Joey is giving her Graduation speech. At the end of the speech, she asks that everyone 'take a part of Capeside with them on their way through life'. Alan Cross wrote this speech, and Katie Holmes acted it about 99% of the original script. But she requested a slight change at the end. Originally, Alan had written the speech to be more personal about Joey, and end with her asking everyone to 'take a memory of me with you as you go through life'. But Katie Holmes felt that it shouldn't really be about her, but more about the spirit of the Community, the Class and the town of Capeside. So she had the speech changed at the end to say 'take Capeside with you wherever you go' instead.
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