Graduation Speech


Length: 900 words (2.6 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Excellent
Open Document
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Text Preview

More ↓

Continue reading...

Open Document

Betty Lou is right -- Our achievements of the past four years have been an honor. And so I offer my congratulations to each of you for achieving the honor that comes with high school graduation. Up to this point, high school may be the most exciting and difficult experience of our lives. We've enjoyed the carefree and happy times with WWF-style pep assemblies, dances, Junior T-P nights, and classes with friends. We've had our bad days too, though. The days when we forgot our semester project for C.I. at home, or when we couldn't stop falling asleep and Mr. Gnome made us get up to "open a window." But far worse were the times when we felt alone. We've all had days of personal crisis when we've felt rejected by those around us or alienated from them. Hopefully, we were fortunate enough to have had a friend come rescue us from isolation, but perhaps not.
As senior year comes to an end and we walk away from high school into a much bigger and more complicated world, we should not leave our years at Tree without reflecting on time spent here together and remembering what we have observed across the country, especially in the last year.

There is certainly no simple answer to the tragic events that have occurred at other high schools recently. We look at the tragedies of Jonesboro, Pearl, Fayetteville, Springfield, Edinboro, West Paducah, Moses Lake, Jacksonville, and Littleton and question the reason behind the violence that occurred. While finding an answer may be impossible, it is still wise for us to look for causes and most appropriate, to search for solutions.

Many of the contributing factors are likely beyond our control and there is no way for us to prevent them. There are, however, plenty of little things that we do or can do that affect others more than we realize. For example, all of us should be quick to distinguish between what is friendly teasing and what teasing torments our peers. It may have lost some significance, having been repeated so often on the news and in health classes, but it is important to treat others with respect. We never know when we may cross the line and, though not meaning to, be a source of torment to someone else. We all need to become more sensitive to what crosses the line when interacting with others. It is for our benefit, as well as others, that we do this.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Graduation Speech." 123HelpMe.com. 20 Sep 2017
    <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=104369>.
Title Length Color Rating  
Graduation Speech - As you inhale the aggregate odor of your senior class for the last time, I’m sure there are many burning questions racing through your minds: “Will I find my place in the world?” If you’re lucky. “Am I really going to graduate a virgin?” Yeah, probably. “Who is that incredibly handsome young man addressing us, and how long do we have the privilege of listening to him?” Howdy, Andrew Gonzales here, and hopefully not long; I realize that your robes are making you sweat, your thongs are making you uncomfortable, and my use of the words “virgin” and “thongs” is making your parents sweaty and uncomfortable....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 891 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - It is probably a mistake that I am standing here giving a speech for graduation. In fact it is probably a mistake that I am even graduating from this school at all -- believe me, just as most people in this class I have tested the limits of attendance, of sleeplessness, and of procrastination. At the beginning of my high schooling, I was even testing dropping out ... and if that wasn't a mistake, I don't know what was. After four years of Starr altering our minds, it seemed most fitting for me to spend my four minutes talking about mistakes....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 694 words
(2 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - When I first began considering a graduation speech, my initial impulse was to spend this time discussing the advent of college preparation at Ridgemont, and the rise of empty values. I thought it would be a good chance to point out the fact that the quest for college admission has ground some of the best people I know into pulp, and that for the most part it seems as though both their parents, and to a large extent the school, seem afraid to confront that system for what it is. I wanted to speak to the changes happening here at Ridgemont, that the focus of the school is being shifted from educating for character to trying to improve the efficiency with which Ridgemont can heard students into...   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1220 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - (Love you mom and dad in Romanian) A lot of people here today probably didn't understand what I just said because I am Romanian, but if you take a look at my parents face they know I love them. I am Romanian and my parents came to the U.S. and could have chosen any state but they chose Washington. For all the people who don't appreciate Washington as much as me let me lay down some vibes. After I went to Arizona and California and some other states I came to realize that everything here is so much greener....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1064 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - Good evening parents, teachers, honored guests and soon to be graduates. My name is Ed Burrower, I'm the senior class president. A few weeks ago, I was told that I would be speaking at graduation. I was asked to put together a speech for tonight -- I've become experienced at speech writing over the past couple of weeks. The speech that you are hearing is the fourth one I've written, the recycle bin needs to be emptied at home and I need a new highlighter. Thank you, Mr. Mier, you get an "A+" for your help as my speech teacher but an "F" for saving trees....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 825 words
(2.4 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - Ladies, gentlemen, parents, friends, family, staff, fellow students: Instead of taking up more time and reading my speech, it is available to you at http://www.olen’s_speech.com. Thank you. No, just kidding. But seriously folks... Today we are gathered here to celebrate our graduation from 12 long years of schooling. The education granted to us has been a privilege. One so graciously given to us by the citizens of our state, by our community, and by our parents. Today would not be possible without them....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1011 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - For some of you graduates, this will be the last ceremony you might ever sit through. Most of us, though, and I regret that I am in this group, will sit through many more ceremonies -- ceremonies longer and more tedious that this or anything else you can imagine. If you think this is bad, try a college graduation. Think, that is, attend a wedding. And, if just for a moment you think that that is bad, just be thankful you have never attended or will attend a Bar Mitzvah. The only ceremony I think anybody would truly enjoy attending is a funeral....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1006 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - Congratulations everyone, congratulations. If you're participating in this graduation ceremony, you've taken the next step toward your future goals and dreams. For those of you that just finished your transfer degrees, congratulations. To those of you that came back to school after a few years off to get a better education, congratulations. To those of you that came to get a certificate or learn IT or computer programming so you can get a better job, congratulations. Now that you're moving on toward whatever your next step is in life - a university, the job market, whatever - you are more prepared and ready for that next step now....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 641 words
(1.8 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - To the County High School Class of 2012: As you sit in front of me, I know what most of you are thinking at the moment. There are those who are already pondering about what life without high school will be like; those who are debating whether or not to tell your crush tonight about your whispers of adoration you’ve secretly held for four years; some simply want to get out of that ungodly chair, get that thing that isn’t really a diploma but only tells you when to pick up the thing, and then be the first one on the green bus to the grad party — you know who you are....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 887 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Graduation Speech - When they were trying to find someone to give this speech they first asked the most intelligent, smart person they could find. But she turned them down. So then they asked the most beautiful, lovely, attractive person they could find. She also turned them down. Next they asked the nicest, sweetest, kindest, most sincere person they could find. Then I decided it would be rude to turn them down three times in a row, so here I am. How many people here like tomato soup. Come on, raise your hand if you like tomato soup....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 555 words
(1.6 pages)
Good Essays [preview]





After all, as we celebrate graduation and prepare to move on, we are also coming down from our high school pedestals and entering a new reality. Regardless of whether our plans include college, the military or the work force, we will quickly find ourselves at the bottom of the barrel. We are all at risk of being criticized in the next months and years because we will be new to the job. Our reactions to these possible hardships are important. As preparation, we should be sensitive now and exemplify acceptance always.

You know, I can't personally comprehend what would drive someone to attack his classmates. I can only speculate that such students were not so fortunate as to have an attentive friend or acquaintance to come to their rescue on days when suffering from a sense of alienation. If ignored, they are more likely to turn to those who do give them attention, in whatever destructive form that might take. Recent events have shown that disregarding these people or ignoring them is too great a risk for us to take. We need to give greater thought to our actions in order to increase the odds that our community will avoid the outbreaks that other high schools have experienced.

The thing is, that the need to learn sensitivity to the feelings of others does not end with school. Up until now, school has just been the common link between us, a place where we can practice these behaviors together. From here on out we separate. But that doesn't mean that we will no longer have anything in common. No matter what our line of work, whether it's a Tree farmer or life-saving doctor, a skilled carpenter or guiding teacher, maybe you're the latest computer genius or a caring social worker, a trusty mechanic or brilliant researcher. You might work in a restaurant or in an office or at home. It doesn't matter which path each of us pursues. Despite differences in our futures, what we have in common is our interaction with others. We will share in the lives of co-workers, neighbors, friends, parents, siblings, and eventually, our children. It's important that we be sensitive to the feelings of each of these persons, particularly when no one else is.

Although the ways in which our peers choose to solve their problems is not entirely within our control, we should nevertheless consider ourselves contributors to their lives. Our definition of success ought to be more than merely achieving financial or social goals. A successful life needs to include compassion and concern for others.

This sounds a lot like what our parents and teachers have been telling us since kindergarten. Though the lessons were taught years ago, the past year has made them more significant. By recognizing the needs of others around us, we will ultimately be bringing safety to our communities, one person at a time.


Return to 123HelpMe.com