There are a lot of events when we are required to present a speech. It may be for expressing our gratitude to some specific people who attended the event, making best wishes for a newly-wed couple or giving an inspirational message. For whatever purpose that is, it is important to produce a speech that can catch the attention of your audience through drawing their willingness to listen and understand.
A graduation speech is delivered verbally. It is a type of message that you use to deliver to your audience during a graduation ceremony. An ideal speech is the one that is delivered in clear, loud voice.
1. Provide an introduction. This may be in a form of thanking everyone who are present in the event including your family, the faculty, the students and the like.
2. Provide a good opening statement. This may be in a form a question or a quote. Let’s just say you are going to speak about student motivation using a quote. You may address it in this way:
According to Thomas Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
How about if you want to start your speech with a question? You may do so. You may start by asking the students, “How much are you willing to sacrifice for your success?”. In this way, they might be thinking about their own answers to that question. This would also appear to be more interactive than providing a quote alone.
3. Learn to group the paragraphs of your speech. This is for you not to be confused on where you are at making your own speech. Always remember the three basic sections: introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction is your chance to get the attention of the listeners. The body is in charge of giving your main points, The conclusion is simply the summary of your entire speech.
4. You are always free to express your opinion. You don’t have to write boring contents about your topic. You also have to write about what you think. Your opinions matter!
5. Focus on the topic. You might be too overwhelmed about the speech you are making and you might be lost along the way. It is important to keep yourself focused on the topic to maintain the coherence of your speech. Your audience might be confused as to what you should supposed to tell them, so you better keep track on it.
Below is an example of a graduation speech:
First of all, I would like to say thank you to my hardworking parents, the faculty and staff, my dear students and most especially to God who never failed to be with me since day 1.
I would like to take a quote from Alfred Mercier. He stated, “What we learn in pleasure we never forget.” Every start of the school year, teachers always ask that one question. “What will be your expectation in this class?” Students will also answer, “I expect that this class would be fun.” Some teachers would misinterpret and then they would tell us that we cannot learn something if all is incorporated with fun. I tell you, dear professors, that is not the case all the time. We seek for fun even during our study time because it is our only gateway to remember something especially when we go out of the campus to live our own lives as professionals. We can easily remember things from memories that are being cherished. We learn from the four corners of our respective classrooms, but most importantly we learn from our own experiences.
Students, let us continue to be an inspiration to everyone. Let us continue to be the best version of ourselves no matter what we do or where we are. Always remember that a little sacrifice is worthy to help us achieve our personal goals.
Once again, I am Christa Merced. Congratulations to all of us. God bless us all!
It doesn’t have to be too short or too long. It should be enough that your audience will not be left hanging or not feel bored.
It is the job of the salutatorian to speak in behalf of the class through welcoming everyone in the event.