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Quick Tips for Best Graduation Speeches In this article I am going to share tips and techniques on how to prepare, structure, and write the type of commencement speech that works for you.
Twelve years into what I call my second job, as curator of inspirational graduation speeches, I got to the point where I can confidently distinguish four main ways of structuring such a speech.
I am going to describe each of these options and illustrate them with many examples from some of the best graduation speeches in this collection. It will be up to you to review and eventually pick a style that suits you best. But first things first.
I have wracked my mind and heart for what I ought to say to you today. I asked myself what I wished I had known at my own graduation, and what important lessons I have learned in the 21 years that has expired between that day and this.
Well, you are not alone. Many of the amazing speakers whose graduation addresses are worth reading and listening over and over again have asked themselves and fretted about the same very question.
So take comfort in that it is normal to find the task of giving a graduation speech quite daunting. Do know that this is a clear sign that you care about your message and you want to get it right. Here are some examples of what past speakers shared with graduates about their feelings regarding the task of preparing a graduation speech: So I got nervous.
I got scared I was simply scared of screwing things up.
What was I going to talk about? But about a little over a year ago, Larry, you know Larry, Larry called. We traded phone calls and I finally reached him and he was on his sailboat. But the task of dispensing advice to a group of young strangers, and, worse, the job of reassuring them about the future does not get any easier with time or practice.
Current events are no help, as usual, when it comes to dispensing optimism. The commencement address is also an open invitation to pretend to know more than you do, specifically how in the world you got to the point in life where you were seriously considered as a commencement speaker.
Tradition has it that a commencement speech typically contains life advice, words of wisdom, lessons learned, ideas on how to be successful, insights on how to be happy, and what really matters in life. It seems indeed that it all boils down to one timeless question:An open letter response to Metropolitan Gerasimos’ public “Statement Regarding the Mother Church regarding some “unfortunate public statements” recently made during a commencement speech at Hellenic Billy Jack Sunday.
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Share Tweet. By Billy Hallowell. Contributor | . Billy Collins (appointed United States Poet Laureate on June 21, ) Choate Rosemary Commencement Address, June 3, Faculty and staff, relatives and friends, graduates of The commencement address is a tricky genre.
To . Archived speeches available on the right, click on the name of the Principal for access. In May , Lyndon Johnson described his vision of a great society in a commencement address delivered to the University of Michigan.
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