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Vampire Diaries Video: Damon Slips Jeremy a Surprise Going-Away Present

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Say it with me now: Jeremy Gilbert graduates! Jeremy Gilbert graduates!

Despite Elena’s little cousin brother’s countless absences and apparent inability to spell the word “cat,” TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek from Thursday’s Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8/7c) finds Jeremy donning a graduation cap and receiving his diploma — with a little help from Damon and Elena, of course.

In a moment of oddly adorable bonding, Damon also sneaks a special gift (from Jo’s “stash”) into Jeremy’s cap.

“Tell your sister, and I’ll kill you,” he says. “Again.” (Oh, are we joking about that now?)

As previously — and heartbreakingly — reported, Thursday’s episode marks Steven R. McQueen’s final hour as a series regular.

Hit PLAY on the preview clip above, then drop a comment below: Will you miss Jeremy?