Erica Goldson: The Valedictorian Who Spoke Out Against Schooling

I Am Graduating

A comic inspired by Erica Goldson, the valedictorian who spoke out against schooling.

November/December 2013

Words By Erica Goldson
Art By Gavin Aung Than, from Zen Pencils

In 2010, valedictorian Erica Goldson gave a graduation speech to her class at Coxsackie-Athens High School in New York. After the speech was uploaded to the web, it quickly went viral and Erica became known as the “valedictorian who spoke out against schooling.” It was this speech that inspired the comic below by Gavin Aung Than, which appeared on his blog, Zen Pencils (July 16, 2013).

I Am Graduating