Schenectady commencement speech goes viral

Saturday, August 17, 2013
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— It has been nearly three months since documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock stood at a podium at Proctors on a Friday morning and delivered a Drake-inspired commencement speech to 450 graduating Schenectady High School seniors.

And the speech has now gone viral.

During his speech, Pollock used lyrics from music by rapper Drake, relating it back to students in the crowd. The speech was well received, and the students went wild, cheering and clapping.

Check it out

You can see and read about documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock's commencement speech in several places on the Web, including:


Complex Magazine:


Huffington Post:


World on Road - Official Drake Fansite:

Pollock’s speech now has more than 17,000 views on YouTube, and celebrities and well-known entertainment and news organizations have picked up the story.

The speech was originally picked up by Mashable, an online news organization, and tweeted to its more than three-million followers. Mashable also featured Pollock in the “Next Big Thing” section of its website.

Not long after, Complex Magazine, the Huffington Post, the official Drake Fansite and even MTV picked up the story. Bloggers and celebrities like Russell Simmons tweeted about the speech.

The documentary and movement “Undroppable,” created by Pollock, highlights inspiring students, their struggles and their desire to graduate despite the odds stacked against them. Several Schenectady High School students were participants in the movement, which uses video and social media to inspire students to stay in school and ultimately graduate.

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August 18, 2013
10:10 a.m.
grant18 says...

I just watched Jason's speech & then went to the Undroppables website. I then began watching the SHS students who had the courage to record their background, present life & future plans. The sincerity, perseverance & hope that each testifies to is awe-inspiring. Every Gazette reader should do this too. Schenectady is extremely fortunate to have a leader like Supt. Spring who could understand Jason's remarkable vision & work so hard to make it available to his students. Good luck to every one of the students who participated. You all showed that you are UNDROPPABLE!

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