A graduation speech includes those final words of wisdom and advice to students before they venture out into a world of college life, the workforce or whatever path they have decided to take. Students in the graduating class, local and well-known celebrities, religious leaders, business leaders and other guests oftentimes deliver graduating speeches. A graduation speech should contain three basic elements of a speech -- the introduction, body and conclusion.
An inspirational graduation speech highlights the hardships and disadvantages of not only the featured speaker, but also members of the graduation class. The speech will tell about difficult childhoods that the speaker and students had to face growing up, such as having alcoholic or drug-addicted parents, being homeless, dealing with teenage pregnancy or fatherhood and other challenges. The speech can tell others that no matter what hardships you have faced in your life, anything is possible to achieve, including acquiring a high-school diploma, college degree or other accomplishments.
Religious and Spiritual
Religious and spiritual speeches are similar to church sermons and spiritual conferences. The speeches use biblical stories and spiritual teachings to get a point across. A religious or spiritual graduation speech can use Bible stories or spiritual lessons to get the graduating students and the audience to reflect on their accomplishments and lives. Religious and spiritual leaders are the ideal choices to deliver these types of graduation speeches. However, anyone who is spiritual and who studies the Bible can deliver a religious or spiritual speech at a graduation ceremony.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The valedictorian, who is the highest-ranked student in a graduating glass, can give a speech during a graduation ceremony. The speech should not be just cause for the valedictorian to brag about their achievements. The speech should thank teachers, guidance counsellors, school administrators and the student's parents and other family members for their help and guidance, reflect on the accomplishments of the entire graduating class, and focus on the future. It should encourage every student in the class to set goals.
The salutatorian's speech should accompany the speech that the valedictorian gives. The salutatorian has the graduating class' second-highest rank. A salutatorian's speech should also focus on the future, student accomplishments and setting goals. It should also express gratitude to those who have helped the student throughout his or her academic career.
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