How to Write a Commencement Speech

Commencement speeches are those which are mostly given on graduation days to inspire and motivate the students which are about to graduate. The commencement speeches are made such that they celebrate the day and guide the students to a greater and brighter future. This commencement speech is obviously delivered at the very start of the graduation ceremony and takes up and ample part of the day. A commencement speech can be given on a variety of subjects and so it can sometimes be very challenging to decide or pick out the topic for the commencement speech. I have tried to make the process simple and easy for you and put everything down in steps for your understanding. Follow these tips and you will be able to understand how to write a commencement speech.

I.    As mentioned, a commencement speech can be given on a variety of topics and so you need to ensure to select a general theme as opposed to one which is specific. The reason for this is that if you are on a general topic then you wouldn’t have much difficulty and you do not have to stick to one specific topic for support. Instead if you talk about something general then you can get your hands on a lot of material and you don’t have a chance to wander off in to other field as well. Also, select a topic which is appropriate and according to the students’ futures and success.

II.    If you want the commencement speech to attract attention then you have to make sure that you are engaging them from the start. For this, you have to write a very interesting introduction, one which gets the audience going. Add a line or two right in the beginning so that the audience immediately catches on and is intrigues about what you are going to say next. Doing this will make your listeners much more eager and curious in your speech.

III.    To make the commencement speech more interesting for the listeners, be sure to add some funny stories or anecdotes. These anecdotes must be added when the speech is in its middle phase as by then you must have the audience engaged and listening to you. Adding these funny stories in your speech will ensure that they stick with you to the end.
IV.    End your speech with a inspirational or motivational quote so that the graduating class can carry it on into their professional lives.

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