On December 23, NCT Dream dropped their special music video for "Graduation."
In the music video that was released on this day, the NCT subunit looks back on the times they've had promoting together. "Graduation" is a track from NCT Dream's winter special mini album 'Candy,' and it's about graduating into the next part of your life.
This is one reason many K-netizens are wondering if NCT Dream members are "graduating" from the group. This is because NCT Dream was supposed to be a unit group meant to be the teenaged unit of NCT with an admission-and-graduation system.
When the unit group was launched back in 2016, the average age of the members - Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung - was 15.6 years old. Now that all the members are in their 20s, many wondered about the "graduation" video because the group is now a “fixed” unit with the 7 original members.
K-netizens gathered in an online community to ask questions about the latest special video. Netizens commented, "NCT Dream, congrats on your graduation, NCT Dream forever," "If they graduate, then the group disbands?" "Are they really finally graduating?" "If they graduate, who will be the new NCT Dream?" "So the group is graduating from the graduating system," "I hope the boys are happy," "NCT Dream forever," "What's going on? Are they continuing or are they going to graduate and move on?" "No, they are now fixed members," and "Congrats NCT Dream."