Neil Postman was a critic, writer, communications theorist, and professor of communication arts and sciences at New York University. Having sat through two dozen or so graduation speeches, I have naturally wondered why they are so often so bad. One reason, of course, is that the speakers are chosen for their eminence in some field, and not because they are either competent speakers or gifted writers. Another reason is that the audience is eager to be done with all ceremony so that it can proceed to some serious reveling. Thus any speech longer than, say, fifteen minutes will seem tedious, if not entirely pointless. There are other reasons as well, including the difficulty of saying something inspirational without being banal.
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College Graduation Speech Examples
Jeffrey Pierre. Salutatorian Paulette Olivas, left, stages with fellow Trevor G. This year's high school graduates were born after the dawn of the new millennium. Some have dealt with school shootings. Others helped organize demonstrations to speak out against gun violence or climate change.
I feel honored and privileged to have been asked to be the Chief Guest at the graduation ceremony of this excellent institution—I was fortunate to witness the unique features of the Academies program yesterday morning, and I have great admiration for the emphasis the Academy places on life-long learning and development, positive engagement with the community, developing leadership skills; qualities that will positively impact your communities, your country and the world at large. Mr Otieno shared your feedback on the Class of year —and I was most impressed with the way you describe the class—awesome; great team that made things happen; fun loving; overachievers; motivators; different and from diverse backgrounds but gelled brilliantly as a team; innovators. Provided you build on these strengths from here on, I am confident that your future in the real world is secure! Many business leaders strive to build such qualities with mixed success. Graduation is a time of celebration and triumph and marks the end of one phase and beginning of the next phase.