Comic 1337 - Time Keeps Flying

6th Jan 2021, 8:26 AM in Ch. 41 - Graduation
Time Keeps Flying
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 6th Jan 2021, 8:26 AM edit delete
Cue Brother Arthur carrying on for the next 15-20 minutes about the importance of perseverance, and pursuing your dreams. I considered writing an actual full speech for him to give, but I truly felt like anything I added was going to become repetitious and boring (which, as we've established, graduations are). Maybe it fits the setting, but I'm trying to write a story for people's enjoyment here, so the meta of writing something that bores me (and likely others) feels counterproductive. XD

I think, at the very least, his introductory statements tell us the gist of what we needed to hear anyway.

And in case anyone's forgotten about the details brought up in panel 2, Emily was the valedictorian, but she had the title taken away after revealing she was pregnant. Maria was the salutatorian, but she was expelled. And Father Quenton "resigned" after he was exposed to have been purposely ignoring the widely destructive actions of a problematic student.

A very strange year, indeed!
(Geez... That's still meta...) ^^;

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Tani 6th Jan 2021, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Strange year? Slightly meta.
meta 6th Jan 2021, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
wasn't me, it's just my middle name. like i'm not a godess of all things meta.. but yep wow what a year!
RubyRuthNeal 6th Jan 2021, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
"Short of speakers"
"Strange year"
. . .

Is Rain suddenly going to gush with courage when she walks across the stage to receive her diploma, step up to the podium, and come out publicly and proudly to her entire class, the whole school and everyone in attendance?
bgb16999 6th Jan 2021, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Bad idea, considering it could lead to both Brother Arthur and Fara losing their jobs.
parrot 6th Jan 2021, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
I agree but it would still be kinda cool...
William Melton 6th Jan 2021, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Graduation! Yay!

And I bet the strangeness is not over yet. Not if Ru(d/b)y has a say!
Long-Time Lurker 6th Jan 2021, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Does this mean Brother Arthur is reading the names, so Rain (happy coincidental result) doesn't get deadnamed? <3
Neelix 8th Jan 2021, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
That's exactly what I was thinking. Brother Arthur would certainly know not to dead-name Rain. The question then becomes, is he actually the MC here, or just speaking as Acting Headmaster? (My knowledge of High School graduation ceremonies is limited to what I've seen in fiction, so I have only a limited idea of how they are actually conducted.)
bgb16999 6th Jan 2021, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
We're on to the next round of the Rain Favorite Character Tournament, starting with part 18! You can vote for as many characters as you want, and the top two will advance to the semifinals.
parrot 6th Jan 2021, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
I vote Puddles :3
bgb16999 6th Jan 2021, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
Puddles was eliminated in Part 14 (Round 3), when he came in fourth behind Maria, Vincent, and Rudy.
Kenzie 8th Jan 2021, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Ooo poor puddles, that's a tough crowd to go up against
glmdgrielson 6th Jan 2021, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Well if this strip isn't extremely on the nose...
Some Ed 6th Jan 2021, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
The only thing I remember from the graduation speech made by the person in charge of the school was a bit that went something like,

When you started on your degrees 3 years ago, you would have had to answer any simple legal question with, "I don't know." Now, after more hours of classes and studies than you can imagine, you can look the person who asked in the eye and confidently tell them, "That depends."

This was not my graduation ceremony, but I decided I could confidently give that answer also. I mean, I had sat around in the next room over for many of those hours of study, and heard the recorded study materials. And, OMG, that stuff all depends so much. I had no idea before.
Tipsie! 6th Jan 2021, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
I don't care if it's repetitive, I wanna read brother arthur's full speech.

...mostly because I need the inspiration right now.
Szarrukin 7th Jan 2021, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
This is a good moment to ask: "Rain" page on TV Tropes repeatedly states that Brother Arthur is asexual, but I do not remember anything like that and I've just ended another re-read of entire webcomic. Was that revealed behind the scenes?
Jocelyn 7th Jan 2021, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

It's because of the Characters page. ^^;

There's a lot wrong with the Characters page. Like, a lot of errors from being wildly out of date. So on the one hand, I feel obligated to mention you can't trust everything on that page. On the other hand, yes, Brother Arthur is ace. Even if it's never mentioned directly in the comic.
Szarrukin 7th Jan 2021, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Sweet, every ace character makes me happy. <3
Gabi 7th Jan 2021, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
What's a valedictorian and a salutatorian?

That speech is impressively valid for our world too. He says it's been a strange year, and it sure was, but he has no idea how strange it was for us in this world!
Jocelyn 7th Jan 2021, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

Valedictorian and salutatorian are the top student and second from the top respectively. :)
Allison (not that one) 8th Jan 2021, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Some useless trivia:

The salutatorian is the student speaker whose speech opens the graduation ceremony, "salutare" being Latin for "to welcome."

The valedictorian is the student whose speech is at the end of the ceremony, "valedicere" being Latin for "to say farewell"

Even more useless trivium:

At my school, the salutatorian speech was customarily given in Latin (maybe still is.) Since the Salutatorian rarely knew Latin, somebody in the Classics department did the translation. It generally contained a lot of in jokes, but since very few of the other graduates knew any Latin, either, the graduating students got a transcript with little notes like "hoc ridete" ("laugh here") at the appropriate places, and they could figure out enough Latin to follow along and laugh or boo or hiss or cheer at the right places. The parents and dignitaries didn't get those transcripts, of course, so they got the impression that their darlings were actually fluent in Latin!
Gabi 8th Jan 2021, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the info, Jocelyn and Allison!
drs 7th Jan 2021, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
I'm surprised they wouldn't just get the next two students to take those roles, but I dunno.

Vs. my school, where I was an absentee valedictorian. I had no intention of sitting through a graduation ceremony and my having a role in it didn't change that.
Tesset 8th Jan 2021, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
C0ngr475 0n c0m1c 1337! :P
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