Let’s be real: Most graduation ceremonies are boooring. You want to get your diploma and go to college, but have to sit through the same speech about how as your lives change, come whatever, you will still be friends forever, among other pomp and circumstance.
Kahuku High School in Oahu, Hawaii decided to do things a little different:
Everything is par for the course until the students start rhythmically swaying in the bleachers. Then they break into a version of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” with the lyrics changed to thank their parents and teachers.
Then Jackson 5’s “ABC” kicks in and the dance party really gets going:
They do some “Uptown Funk” and a little Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”:
And get things real turnT with the whip, the nae-nae, and the stanky leg:
It ends with a traditional haka or “war dance,” inspired by the Maori people of New Zealand and created specifically for the Kahuka Red Raiders by a Maori cultural specialist.
“Ko Wai Matou? Kaipāhua Kura” translates to “Who are we? We are the Red Raiders” with other lyrics saying, “We are unified we are one / For our families and Community (Who have been through much) / We will stand as Warriors (For them) / We will stand Brave.” (You can read more about the haka here.)
Oh, and they learned the entire thing in just two days.
No wonder the Kahuku class of 2015 is so proud of themselves:
I'm glad I got to see kahuku graduation for myself !👌🏼 there dance was majah👊🏼👌🏼— tyran pebria (@PebriaTyran) May 30, 2015
They should be.
It’s worth pointing out though:
Now, find out what advice Judge Judy gave graduates during a recent commencement speech: