Jim and Kate present quite different valedictorian speeches at their 1967 high school graduation. They each wonder about college and the future.

Lyrics

"Hail to Valedictory"
sung by the Superintendent of Schools and his Board

All hail our Valedictory
A fine and certain victory!
For our valley boy
Beloved valley boy
Our beloved valley boy

He’s swung a bit of hickory
He’s swung it in all earnesty
A swing so smooth and fast
And fast
A home run hit at last
At last
A home run hit at last

So let’s raise our voices
Raise them high
He’s made his choices
And he’s made them right!
Our valley boy
Beloved valley boy!
He’s made his mark at last
At last!
He’s shown he’s rightly cast!

This lad has made a show
It’s time we let him go
And how he’s made us proud
We all can shout out loud
Out you go
Out you go!
Out you go, brave lad

So sad
So sad!
We’ll miss this lad!
A spitting image of his dad
In robed regalia
What a stance!
We’ve cloaked him so there’s not a chance

No defects to reveal
No records to unseal
No edicts to appeal
His countenance ideal
Off you go
Off you go
Off you go, proud lad

Yes, yes this lad has made a show
And now it’s time we let him go.
To prove he’s ready at the wheel
To prove he’s steady, made of steel
In deed—exuding zeal!

All hail our valedictory
A fine and certain victory
All hail our valedictory
A fine and certain victory
Oh well, no matter
Let’s end this patter
A fine and certain victory
All hail our valedictory
A fine and certain victory.