I've spent time with my fellow graduates and have gotten a comment on each of our staff members: "Nancy has always been there for me through boys, family and whatever.
Though we clung desperately to our remaining drops of confidence from the pinnacle of eighth grade, they evaporated under the sheer intensity of high school.
Going through this list might inspire you to pick the themes that you find most important. Do not worry about the fact that it has been all done before. Remember you are the one selected to be the speaker, it is your task to inspire the graduates. Most importantly, consider these two things. First, for advice to work it needs to be continuously reinforced. So it is your job on graduation day to reinforce the message. Yes, it’s true, they graduates already heard such meaningful advice from their parents, from teachers, from wonderful books starting with the book of their childhood and on to their young adults lives, from museums and works of art. But on that day, you and only you have the one great opportunity to inspire them. Take it on with enthusiasm!
Second, picking the theme is almost less important than picking really good stories to illustrate the theme. Are you surprised? Think about this example: consider you will talk about the importance of working hard. After all, everyone, and I mean everyone, knows that working hard makes one more likely to succeed. Simply listing this advice without a powerful story or great metaphor will fall flat and go directly into the boring, let’s get over with, graduation speech. On the other hand, you can spend the time needed to enhance your advice , as coach Woody Hayes did, for a successful speech: “You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.”
When they listen to a motivational speech, high school students may be tempted to tune out. But not with Joel on stage. His style is funny and casual; he does not lecture. Joel’s ability to find humor in difficult situations and valuable life-lessons from his own experiences helps the students connect with him, and this high-quality high school speech appeals to both middle and high school students, guys and girls alike.
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....
The Class of 2018 will be meeting to hear about the final steps to completing their last semester of high school. Seniors will receive information regarding the requirements to attend Prom and to participate in the graduation ceremony, the details of senior checkout, and information on ordering caps and gowns. All seniors are required to attend in order to go to Prom.
Now, if you feel it is too hard to come up with your own metaphors for the whole speech, I hope you find comfort in that it is perfectly acceptable to use quotations by your favorite authors or other personalities to make your point stand out. Our graduation quotes collection might come handy here. Just remember, you can’t make your whole speech a list of quotation. It would feel depersonalized.
As we, the graduation class of 2006, sit here watching as the last of our high school careers fade into twilight and nervously awaiting what new adventure tomorrow will bring, it is important that we share a moment to reflect and appreciate the enormity of our fine accomplishment.
While giving a motivational speech for high school students may seem straightforward, it can be a daunting task. But Joel excels in this challenging area. His topic is down-to-earth and applicable to every student in your building. The principles that Joel covers will help any student succeed in whatever area he or she pursues. More importantly, Joel’s approach is positive, rather than negative. He does not give students a list of what not to do. Instead, he focuses on the simple, practical steps that students can take that will move them forward to success in school and in life.
As the first-ever international student speaker on commencement, I am very honored to be here tonight to be given this opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class of the 2003.
Joel Penton specializes in inspirational speeches for high school students. The Stand Your Ground program is designed to empower students to achieve success in life through a simple formula: do what you say you will do.
As I was gathering input for this graduation speech, several people suggested including a profound quote offering “encouraging advice to the young graduates”, and then there were others who said, “eh don’t worry about it, no one listens to those anyway.” Fortunately, I was actually able to take from both suggestions and found a happy balance.