Free Graduation Speech Essays

Graduation Speech Essay

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Well, this is it, the day all of us have been waiting for has finally arrived. It seems like only yesterday we were picking our noses and flicking them at innocent bystanders or yelling childish phrases like, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!" or, wait, that was yesterday. Never mind. Anyways.

What I'm trying to say is the years, have flown by and it's not going to be long before we're in the stands watching our kids graduate.

You know, there is a lot more to graduating than leaving Rufus and getting a diploma. It's more than that. I mean, why do you think we get to wear these cool robes?

Our infantile days of wandering into first period half asleep and living off the school's cheesy burritos and ranch dressing are over, it's time now…show more content…

We are knocking on the door of total independence, something we have never fully understood. We have just barely begun the trip on the roller coaster of life and already it seems like we've had quite a ride. Some of us will go on to college, some will enter into the work force, and most of us are still undecided. But whichever path we take, it won't be easy and believe me, a year or two from now you're gonna wish you were back at good old LHS because the term "9 to 5" is going to take on a whole new meaning, and I'll tell you right now it ain't gonna be pretty folks.

Our graduation is our coming of age, our right of passage. As we walk across this stage we are writing the closing pages to our Chapter I and heading into the great unknown. It's kinda scary -- but hey, don't you cry, even though high school is over, the times we've shared and the friends we've made will never be lost. The clock is ticking, time is fleeting and nobody lives forever. But true friendship is something we can count on never dying. I hope wherever we go in life it will be happy and even if we all move to remote island countries we can all count on the memories and laugh at all the stupid things we did.

So to the class of 06', I'd like to say thanks for the memories and good luck. You're gonna need it.

Now on behalf of all of us graduating seniors, I'd like to thank all of the parents for all of the

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Free Graduation Speech

Below you will find an example of a free graduation speech. This speech is geared towards the University/College level.

Graduating from college is a great achievement and a profound time of change and possibility. Giving a speech at a college or university graduation is an honor and an important responsibility.

Key elements of a student's speech at graduation are

  • being respectful of the institution and its leadership and faculty
  • honoring the achievement of your fellow students
  • leaving the audience with an inspiring message.

Use this free graduation speech as a guide and personalize it to create your own presentation to deliver at the graduation ceremony.

Start of free graduation speech

President Wilson, Trustees, Faculty, family, friends and fellow graduates, I am honored to speak to you on this very important day.

First, I'd like to thank the administration and faculty of State University for their hard work and dedication on our behalf. I think that college students often take their college experience for granted, as just the step between high school and the real world.

As the first member of my family to graduate from college I do not take one bit of it for granted. So I thank every one of you who has made this university what it is and every one of you who has supported me and my fellow students along the way. We have gotten a great education here which makes it far more than a step between high school and the real world but rather a stepping stone to our futures.

On a personal note, being the first college graduate from my family, I would like to honor my parents in the audience who encouraged me and supported me and without whom this would not have been possible. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Fellow graduates, today we have finished something. Sometimes I think it is ironic that - in each endeavor in our academic lives - we learn and grow and achieve the highest level possible in that institution, and then we graduate. The next year we are thrown back to being the "low man on the totem pole" in our next school.

Today, we are graduating seniors and this summer or fall many of us will be starting at those entry-level jobs that will be the beginning of our careers. Some of us will start graduate school, once again on the bottom rung of the ladder. But thanks to everything we have learned so far, I am confident that we will keep climbing, as if we are on an endless ladder to heights we've never achieved before. For that reason, I urge you to make sure that you are on the ladder on which you truly WANT to be. Remember that it is YOUR LIFE.

Carl Jung said, "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." So, today I remind you all to look into your hearts and be awake before you embark upon a dream that is not your own.

Up to this point in many of our lives, most things have been decided for us. From now on, it is up to us to choose. So be sure to make your choices when you are fully awake, choices that are informed by your heart and not by what others say or think or believe.

Our contribution to the world will not be measured by the money we make or the accolades we receive, but rather by the way in which we share our unique gifts with the world. And the only place to find those gifts is to look within yourself.

So go forth class of 2015 and make your unique contribution!

End of free graduation speech

Check out this page of quotes for graduation speeches. Using a quote in your presentation often helps to make your speech more memorable for your audience. A quote can also inspire you to add more impact to your speech!

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