Graduation-ceremony songs used to be really depressing.

When Did Graduation Songs Get so Peppy?

When Did Graduation Songs Get so Peppy?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 21 2018 7:51 PM

A Song You Can Graduate To

It will probably be about war. Because life is a war. Here’s your diploma.

Students at the University of Birmingham on July 14, 2009, in Birmingham, England.

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