On Graduation Speeches

We’re nearing the time for college and university graduations and a bit after that, high school graduations.  I’ve been asked to speak at a high school graduation in a few months and so I’m giving some thought to what I’ll say.

What’s the best commencement or graduation speech you’ve ever heard?  Do you remember what was said at your graduation(s)?

It seems to me that these can be memorable for good reasons (thoughtful, funny) or one main bad reason (too long).  At my doctoral graduation, the university gave three honorary doctorates, the speeches for which each lasted 30 minutes!

What would you say if you had to speak to high school or college graduates?

I thought this advice was pretty interesting.

8 thoughts on “On Graduation Speeches

  1. dadion

    I played at my high school graduation in my junior year there and the student body president gave a speech in the form of a break up letter to the school itself. it was funny and thoughtful.

  2. Adam Oliver

    I wish you would post on graduation books. Our church traditionally gives both high school and college graduates a book (different for each). I would be interested to hear thoughts or suggestions on that front.

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