Lorelai's Graduation Day is the 21st episode of Season 2 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


Wanting Lorelai's (Lauren Graham) graduation from business school to be a big event, Rory (Alexis Bledel) secretly invites her grandparents Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) to attend. Lorelai is surprised and touched when her parents show up, but her happiness turns to worry when Rory misses the ceremony because she cut school to spend the day in New York with Jess (Milo Ventimiglia).


Lorelai and Rory have breakfast at Sookie's in an effort to avoid Luke's, but Lorelai can't avoid an awkward encounter with him at Doose's Market, where he fails to pick up on her hints to patch things up. In an effort to help Lorelai through final exam stress, Rory gets her excited about attending her college graduation ceremony and secretly invites Richard and Emily, despite Lorelai's assertion that they'd never agree to attend.

After a late night phone call from Jess, Rory impulsively cuts school the next day and visits him in Manhattan. Christopher sends Lorelai a graduation gift basket filled with fun goodies and an expensive necklace. Lorelai is shocked to see Emily, Richard and a film crew accompanying them to her graduation, and must contend with an obnoxious classmate with an attitude about the rich. Rory is furious with herself when her bus home is delayed and she misses her mother's graduation. When Rory finally arrives home, Lorelai forgives her when she realizes that the trip to New York may indicate that her daughter has fallen in love with Jess, despite her protests to the contrary.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Reccuring cast

Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville

Guest starring

David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden
Seth McFarlane as Zach
Alicia Bergman as Liza
Mel Rodriguez as Raul


I'm able to, empirically, with my eyes –
—Lorelai to Luke
No! I love Dean! Dean is my boyfriend, he will always be my boyfriend. That's it, forever!
Jess – I like this Emily chick, friend of yours?
Rory – She's a friend to all of us dispossesed
―New Yorking


  • Rory misses Lorelai's graduation.
  • Jackson buys and wears his first suit.
  • Lorelai tries to make up with Luke, to no avail.
  • Rory goes to NY to see Jess.
  • Jackson takes an hour to come to in the morning
    • He registers what people are saying in that hour, but sometimes takes days to recall it.
  • Lane practices drumming on the Gilmore Girls' pots and pans.
  • Christopher sends Lorelai a gift basket as a gift for her graduation.
  • Richard and Emily are incredibly touched by witnessing Lorelai graduating.
  • Richard gives Lorelai a graduation present.


52 girls | B-52'S
dance this mess around | B-52'S
o'oh | YOKO ONO
monkey gone to heaven | PIXIES
ramble on | LED ZEPPELIN







LorelaiDidn't they feed lead to our jumping frog or something?
Rory – Oh yeah, right after they stoned the woman who won the lottery.
Lorelai – Oh look it's Michael Landon.
Lorelai – Now say, I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
Lorelai – Ugh Rory, my brain is full. It has reached capacity. It's Shea Stadium when the Beatles played. It's cramped and girls are screaming and I think George is fighting with Ringo.
Lorelai – Unless I turn into John Nash and start drooling on people.
Lorelai – I ended up in a career that apparently Jessica Hahn would think was beneath her.
Jess – It's where David Lee Roth got busted.
Lorelai – Hey, try to seat us next to a celebrity on the Concorde, like Sting or Screech or someone.
Lorelai: You drank some Boone's Farm out of a bota bag and knocked a beach ball around.
Rory: And bought a Hummel at the curio store in Stars Hollow.
Jess – I like this Emily chick, friend of yours?
Lorelai – I never leave home without all the essentials: mirror, make-up, picture of Shaun Cassidy.
Lorelai – You look very GQ.
Jackson – Oh, thanks to my best new friend: Ermenegildo Zegna.
Zach – It's like a Baz Luhrmann movie out there.
Lorelai – Thanks for coming, Sook, Marcus Schenkenberg.
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