Graduation is an important milestone for any student. It signifies an end to one journey and the start of another. A graduation toast is a way to recognise the accomplishments of your graduate. A toast can be a couple sentences long or a more lengthy tribute. They can be original or include quotes from famous writers. Ultimately, the best graduation toasts take just a little planning and come from the heart.
Personalise Your Toast
Since toasts typically happen at events highlighting one person, take the time to personalise your speech. When toasting, talk directly to the subject. Pay them personal compliments on their recent achievement. The best graduation toasts are specific. Use your personal knowledge of that person and fill your toast with positive compliments. Think of qualities or characteristics that set your graduate apart and use those to start your speech. Personalising your speech takes time, but can help your toast be memorable.
Use the toast as a moment to recognise the accomplishments of your graduate. For example, when toasting a high school student, talk about their involvement in sports teams, clubs or other programs. Mention any recent awards or achievements in grades or outstanding test performance. Announce scholarships or college plans. For college graduates, focus on their studies, research or other degree specific compliments. Use this opportunity to recognise the work and dedication required of your graduate.
Take the time to think of a story or experience you know about your graduate. The story can be serious or humorous. Pick one that focuses on the positive qualities of the subject of your toast. Make sure it is not too long or an inside joke. You don't want to bore your audience with a story that never ends or that they don't understand. Pick something simple, but fitting for your graduate. It can be a firsthand experience or from a fellow student or teacher.
Give Advice for the Future
Last of all, the best graduation toasts conclude with your advice about the next step facing your graduate. Sayings like, "Your schooling may be over, but remember to open your mind to new opportunities to learn" work well as ending statements. You can also quote music lyrics that pertain to your graduate, find a famous quotation that applies and use it to end your speech. End on a high note by using powerful advice that personally applies to your graduate's next step in life.
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