Is it really that big of an accomplishment to warrant diplomas? In the event I am offered an honorary degree and asked to present an address for preschoolers on their graduation this is what I would say. Congratulations on this most momentous day of your lives. I am sure when you consider the most important milestones of your life commencement from an educational establishment offering early childhood education to children between the ages of three and five will be among the highlights. The silk graduation robes and caps for children who have yet to learn how to tie their shoes make absolute sense.
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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. Here I try my hand at writing a graduation speech, and not merely to discover if I can conquer the form.
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Everyone is waiting for you to make your speech. So, what message are you going to share? Consider logistics, purpose, and audience as you go to write your speech.