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It was a send-off unlike any other in Saturday Night Live history. During the season finale's last sketch, host Mick Jagger presided over a high-school graduation that was really an emotional goodbye to Kristen Wiig, who made what seems to be her final appearance as a cast member on SNL after seven successful years (NBC has yet to confirm her departure).
"Many of you are moving onto college, but I'd like to take a moment to say goodbye to one particular student who is leaving this summer... to become a nun," Jagger said, calling Kristen (clad in graduation robes) to his side.
"You've meant quite a lot to us over the last seven years -- she got held back! -- so our music department got together and prepared a song to say goodbye. This one's for you."
Wiig then stripped off her robes and danced with Jagger as Arcade Fire began to sing The Rolling Stones classic "She's a Rainbow." Every cast member then stepped up one by one to do a final little dance with Wiig, 38.
Starting with Jay Pharoah and the rest of the newer players -- including all four remaining women at once -- each comedian had a moment to give Wiig a farewell twirl. Wiig kept her composure until Bill Hader and the other longer-running costars took their turn.
The goodbyes got particularly emotional as Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg swung her around; Fred Armisen can even be spotted whispering "I love you" to the chameleonic actress responsible for such memorable recurring characters and impersonations as the Target Lady, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kris Jenner, Gilly and Penelope.
And just when audiences thought the moment couldn't get any sweeter, series creator Lorne Michaels himself came out as the Emmy (and Oscar!) nominee's final dance partner. As the weepy Bridesmaids star stood there surrounded by her costars, notable members of her earlier years on the show, including Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, and Rachel Dratch, came out on the stage to join in the chorus of the Stones' "Ruby Tuesday." Her costar in both Bridesmaids and Friends with Kids Jon Hamm even popped in for the sing-along!
Watch Kristen Wiig's emotional goodbye here: