The graduation day also called commencement, convocation or invocation is a significant day for students. On the graduation day ceremony, students are awarded a diploma or academic degree and they are being praised and appreciated for more success ahead. Usually, a graduation ceremony is held for university degrees, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees. On this day academic staff usually wear an academic dress at the ceremony and the presiding officer or any other authorized person present the awards to the students and the ceremony also includes a graduation speech or commencement speech. In this article below you will find the best graduation speech as a sample. You can get a clue and edit the lines based on the ceremony theme.
Best Graduation Speech / Commencement Speech
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Today is an exciting and phenomenal day. Today I am going to give you a speech. Now, graduates, I don’t know if you know me, but I am…………
We went to high school together, where we had good times, and today I want to give a big congratulations to everyone including myself for being here today. The world we live in is plagued with dangerous: Ebola, ISIS, Global Warming, facial acne, COVID-19, and despite all the odds, we still managed to graduate, so let’s give us a thunder of claps and round of applause.
It was only 3 years ago that we came to this academy known as…………… as young, timid sophomores we found ourselves lost in its halls like there were the changing staircases of Hogwarts.
Though nervous as sophomores, we started getting a hang of things, and Junior year for many of us brought experience and for many more of us, it meant Stage 1 Senioritis. And now, here we are: done with High School!
As Charles Dickens put it, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” but now we are through with the stressful days of AP and ACT testing. We have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Quarters and Cans, and inhaled hundreds of pounds of baby power during football. We have survived “WHS Screenshots”.
And last but not least, we have realized that we are the most attractive class ever. As our Student Body president Mr……………… has observed, quote, “One might say we have aged well.”
And now seniors listening to me deliver this brilliant graduation speech, we are through, afflicted and overwhelmed with Senioritis. Now at the end of our careers as students, we have an opportunity: indeed, this is our time to take on the world, and to find and pursue our passions, to quote unquote, “Leave a Legacy.”
William Shakespeare, and also Channing Tatum, once said, ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” In life, we can’t always count on being born great or having greatness thrust upon us, but always remember that the opportunity to achieve greatness is within our grasp.
Keep in mind that many of our social and political leaders and heroes started their lives as an average person; as just one of you and me. Despite the failures and mistakes, we will make, and although I may be “average”, we find that the average can achieve greatness, whether recognized by the world or just a few. Greatness comes from our friends reaching out to us, those who go out of their way to be thoughtful; the unsung heroes.
If there is anything you take from today, remember that to “leave a legacy” and to achieve greatness is not to get money and recognition. It’s to leave those with whom you cross paths with a little more happiness and hope.
Our time here together as a senior class will not be remembered by grades, popularity, likes, or favorites, but by our relationships and the kind of person you are. These are legacies, the kind we must leave.
Class of 2019, it has been an outstanding 3 years with you, and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the very very best.
You can also add the following graduation quotes to any part of your speech where applicable.
Graduation Quotes & Sayings
Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential. “Kerry Washington”
To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. And to C students, I say you too may one day be president of your country. “George W. Bush”
Life is an improvisation. You have no ideas what’s going to happen next, and you are mostly just making things up as you go along. “Stephen Colbert”
Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art. “Neil Gaiman”
We don’t need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. “JK Rowling”
Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. “Steve Jobs”
Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus. “Jodie Foster”
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