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Honest Opinion About my Grad Speech. Please!!! It's Today.?

.This is my graduation speech for today. I'm really nervous and could use some good constructive criticism and if there is anything you think I should add or take away, or even make it flow together more, it would help me soooo much :) Starting this speech was the most difficult part of this year. That’s probably why I started it only 3 days ago. I wasn’t sure if I should have started by quoting a childhood movie on how we should “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”, or quote an inspirational song on how “she want to take a photo, you already know though, you only live once that’s the motto, YOLO”. I even considered coming up here taking a crown breaking it into pieces and passing it out to everyone…Except Regina George. I could make the excuse that I didn’t know how to start, but I knew the truth was, I didn’t want to start. I didn’t want to start the last words I’ll be able to say to all (pretend to count crowd) 298 of my classmates. So I’ll start with this. I can genuinely say getting to know all of you for these past 4 years has been a privilege…..for you, but seriously I know for a fact every single one of you can do absolutely anything that you strive for, and that may seem cliché, but it’s more scary than anything. You see right now the majority of the population sees us as no more than insolent, immature, young adults, even still as kids. Well I see a vast majority, yes majority not minority, of determination, skill and hope for a bigger and better future. I don’t care if you become what is “successful” in other people’s eyes I want you to be able to go home, or your dorm, or whatever you can find as a bed because you had a little too much punch at the frat next door, and think to yourself that you did everything physically possible to make yourself successful in your eyes. I was told earlier that this day, graduation day is an event where not only does Kleenex make billions of dollars but I the speaker get to tell hundreds of students dressed in identical caps and identical gowns that individuality is the key to success. Ironic isn’t it? And I’m telling you now things you can change you will, things you can’t change you won’t, and the only thing you can truly change is yourself. I’ve learned this by trying to change my grade in calculus with Mr. Kurth. The only thing I truly got from that was learning why the Limit did not exist. That’s the last mean girls reference I swear. There was a quote online I found while researching graduation speeches to plagiarize, the only speech I could find was a Twilight one about being a princess or something. Anyways it said there is no tomorrow, we graduate today, when we wake up in the morning it will be today, and we would have graduated yesterday, then I realized I was listening to a graduation speech by Rebecca Black. So, for now let’s talk about today. Today we are not only graduating, but we are beginning our lives. I know our beginning has JUST started. I want you to Hold on to the best parts of your high school years, but not all of them. Don't regret what you did or didn't do in high school: you have the rest of your life to learn from mistakes and try new things. The way I see it is, the fact that everything is about to change is inevitable. Everything we’re about to go though will change us as people no matter how hard we try. But the one good thing that will stay the same is that we graduated as a part of this class, and no one will take that away from us. So when you’re off in college, even later in life when you have a family of your own, and you’re telling these amazing stories of powderpuff, the scavenger hunt, winning that last game, a senior skip day that never really happened, about those moments where you felt completely on top of the world with you and your friends and nothing could knock you down. Don’t forget to start those stories with “when I was in high school”. Now if you would, Watkins Memorial Class of 2013, please stand and join me in the changing of our tassels.


  1. It actually sounds great. You have quite a bit of humour in there, and I would advise removing some of the parts about "I was unsure of ___". The ending is the best part. My only advice in the beginning is to come off as confident and ready, instead of looking like your admitting to winging your essay. Good luck dear ^^ and congratulations on graduating.