Sample Graduation Speech for Keynote or Guest Speaker - Free Download
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Thank you for that kind introduction and thank you for inviting me to speak today. I'm
very pleased to be here to join you in celebrating this wonderful occasion.
First of all, congratulations to all of you. You should be very, very proud of yourselves
for accomplishing this goal. Well done. I know you must all be excited to get your
hands on your diplomas and run out into the world. But as cartoonist Garry Trudeau
said, “Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing
college students should never be released into the world until they have been
That's where I come in as the key note speaker. I'll try not to sedate you too badly.
To the families of those graduating and earning certifications, congratulations to you
and you should know that your support through this process made an enormous
impact. I'm sure you're very proud of your graduates as they close this portion of their
lives and prepare for their next steps into a new career.
Graduation is one of those steps in life that defines a coming of age - the ending of
one era of life, as a student or the one being shown the ropes, and moving on to a
new stage in which you are a leader, a do-er and an achiever in the wider world. I'm
sure many of you have firm plans and have a good idea of what's coming next, some
of you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do next, a dream and a lot of
hope to get you there, and some of you are just amazed that you got to this
graduation point at all! Well the coming times will be exciting, they will be trying but
they will be all dependent on you and your determination.
It's been ## years since I graduated from college and things have changed just a bit
It was year you graduated: On TV, the popular shows were (fill in your own info), the
top movies were (Fill in your info), the radio was playing (Fill in your own info and a
stamp cost (Fill in your own info) cents. In the news, (Add a few well known news
items or add tidbits that identify the era, such as the Cold War, disco, poodle skirts,
hippies, the Vietnam war, the First Gulf War, etc.)
I had big plans for myself. I was a graduate of (Fill in your college name), and I was
going to fill in your info here with the idea of being humorous - for instance: be single
for life, never have kids, drive a corvette, be a millionaire in 5 years, travel the world
in my yacht, get elected to Congress in a year or so, wear my hair long, live in a big
house, play quarterback for the Broncos/or input local team).
You see, I planned to take it easy, not work too hard and enjoy life.
And here I find myself at a graduation once again but number of years later, my life
didn't turn out quite the way I planned. Input information here that mirrors what you
said above. For instance, I've been married for ## years, I have 4 kids, 2 cats and a
dog, I drive a beat up car and I'm far from a millionaire. Instead of traveling the world
I spend my vacations at (name a local amusement park or mall) with my kids and I