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Graduation Speech

The Graduation Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing a Graduation speech - a vehicle designed to deliver a celebratory farewell statement, reflecting on experiences, accomplishments and future hopes and aspirations. Read on to make this task as easy as possible...

What exactly is a Graduation Speech? Definition

Let's start be considering exactly what is a Graduation speech. Definition:

A graduation or commencement speech is given by a student of a high school, college or university to a graduating class and their guests.

A Graduation speech is written to celebrate past experiences, accomplishments and future hopes.

This type of speech should also be short and fun - remember to try to inject some humor!

There are various techniques to help complete this type of task and we would also recommend that you check out our free, fast and concise PowerPoint-style presentations on:

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The Main Elements to Writing a Graduation Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective Graduation speech are to convey a sense of gratitude for the opportunities and achievements and hopes for the future

  • Timing - Ensure that the speech runs to the time allocated

  • Brevity - Don't bore your audience and remember the quotes by Lord Reading "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!" and Franklin D. Roosevelt "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

  • Memories - The fun, tears, trials and tribulations!

  • Accomplishments - Celebrate the successes and mention the failures in a humorous way

  • Reflection - Reflect on the newsworthy subjects of the time, an opportunity to convey an adult and serious point of view

  • The Future - Abilities and skills gained to prepare you for a successful future

The Structure and Outline of a Graduation Speech
What is a good structure, outline or good guidelines to writing a Graduation speech?

  • Your Opener - the opening, ice-breaker or attention grabber

  • Memories - The Good,  the Bad and the Ugly!

  • Accomplishments - Convey a sense of gratitude

  • The Future - Mention important events of the moment and your hopes for a successful future

  • Conclusion - Try to end with a memorable punch line, positive statement or amusing quote

Famous Quotes to include in a Graduation Speech
The following quotes are selection about Graduation - they might inspire you!

  • "Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money!" Graduation Quote by Gary Bolding

  • "The tassel's worth the hassle!" - Graduation Quote by Unknown author

  • All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder. Author Unknown

  • "At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros!" Graduation Quote by Paul Freund

  • "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." Quote by Benjamin Franklin

  • "Hitch your wagon to a star." Graduation Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Graduation Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving a Graduation Speech
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