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supergoo

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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2006 18:36      Profile for supergoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maybe I should've done this as a friday five? But I'll leave dnm and Aditu up to the FF-making.

What are some good speeches that you have heard at graduation/convocation events? Were there any topics that were very timely or very eloquently expressed?

Just wondering.

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Y los sueños, sueños son.

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2006 19:05      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Every single graduation speech I've ever seen contained some allusion to this being the 'beginning' and not the 'end', and had 'we did it!' in it.

I know, I'm useless.

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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2006 21:09      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So, goo, are we talkin' Valedictory Address here?

Congratulations!

Keep it short. Say some positive things. We all need encouragement, including educators and parents. Thanking them (sincerely, not gushingly) is always cool.

Be genuine, be yourself. Your classmates and teachers and family know who you are. Your speech should merely reflect and affirm the quality of the education, upbringing and support you've received from those people. If you can manage to throw in a bit of challenge and inspiration, a touch of humour and then keep the whole thing under 4 minutes you'll be very much appreciated.

IMNSHO, FWIW, YMMV

gg

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Icon 14 posted April 27, 2006 22:44      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
One of the best....
and you can now hear it.

Steve Jobs Speaks at Stanford Commencement
http://www.wiredatom.com/jobs_stanford_speech/

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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2006 23:05      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sadly, not authentic, but this speech is quite good.

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If you watch 'The History Of NASA' backwards, it's about a space agency that has no manned spaceflight capability, then does low-orbit flights, then lands on the Moon.

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This one got rave reviews last summer.
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Icon 1 posted April 28, 2006 05:11      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You guys have it real easy. I never had it like this where I grew up. But I send my kids here because the fact is you go to one of the best schools in the country: Rushmore. Now, for some of you it doesn't matter. You were born rich and your going to stay rich. But here's my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can't buy backbone. Don't let them forget it. Thank you.
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Icon 1 posted April 28, 2006 13:37      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
For a HS graduation, keep it short. Less than five minutes. But keep it interesting, relaxing, and have fun. You only get to do this once.

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Use the Force, Luke.

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Icon 1 posted April 28, 2006 13:48      Profile for supergoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
So, goo, are we talkin' Valedictory Address here?

Congratulations!

Yeah, that's me [blush]

Well it's not a *huge* deal, but I don't want to say something trite or lame and have it recorded on numerous homemade graduation videos. I just wanted some ideas. I'll definitely go with short and sweet but not too sappy.

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Icon 1 posted April 30, 2006 18:32      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The best I ever heard was for college. He was the first college grad in his family. He spoke about the importance of education and how knowledge could never be taken away from you. He thanked his grandpa, who was from Eastern Europe and had encouraged him from the time he was small to aim for college. In his closing he spoke about how it was now our duty to help other people have educational opportunities.
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