Graduation Speech for Elementary and High School Graduates
by CHRISTINE LAO
i was invited to be the guest speaker on March 19, 2013 during the recognition ceremony of my elementary school with a Theme: “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program” (K-12 Basic Education Program-Tungo sa Paghuhubog ng mga Makabagong Lider ng Bansa).
could you please help me to do a speech?thank you.....i will be speaking to both elementary and high school graduates,I was ask to speak before them because I am an alumni of the school, one of the few who finished college education since our place is a rural area where not all parents can send their child to higher education,its the 2nd batch for the high school students to have the commencement exercises because the school just expanded to secondary level 5 years ago...H do really hope that you can help me...thank you in advance.
I hope I can give you lots of ideas. Hopefully you can use part of them to form a great speech.
First it would be a good idea to scope out the messages you would like to weave into the speech topic. For example you might like to add the benefits of working hard, the importance of setting some goals or how perseverance is the way to succeed.
You are in a great position, being an alumni you understand the community, the school, the way the children think and you can relate to them.
For the elementary graduates you might like to check that your language and delivery will captivate and motivate the graduates. The children deserve to hear a speech that they can completely relate to.
The speech will be set up in 3 parts. Firstly the review of the past few years, secondly celebrating graduation day and finally looking ahead in a motivational way to the future.
At the beginning of the speech, once you have introduced the subject you could define what a leader is in a brief way. Hopefully you can also mention a leader who the graduates can relate to positively, such as a the leader of a national sports team or business leader that the children will know well.
Thank you Principal (name). I am honoured to be here speaking to you on your graduation day.
Congratulations to all of you on your success, you thoroughly deserve to have this celebration of your achievements.
My subject for today is “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program”.
I would define a leader as someone who commands a group, organization of country. We all know (name) who captains our national (name of sport ) team.
Throughout your educational life so far you have worked very hard to achieve your goals. Consider where you were just a few years ago and you’ll see how much you have learned and how much you have grown as people.
Each of you has conquered mathematics, language, physics, history, geography and many other subjects. The teachers here set a high standard and you have met that. I know how hard it is to satisfy them and I know how hard you will have worked. However, by now you will know that the hard work has paid off and you are now a highly educated group who have shown they can meet their challenges.
Those long nights spent studying will have shown you how to persevere until you meet your goals.
Not only have you worked hard at school but many of you have volunteered to help other children learn and also help the local community. That makes you well rounded people who can be leaders in the future.
You have also learned social skills. As you have grown up here at school you will have learned to form great friendships which will support you for many years to come.
The transition to the K to k12 education system means change for everyone involved. However there are so many great ideas to consider.
When graduates leave schooling after year 12 they will be better educated and that bit more mature. They will be even more ready to take their place in our communities and to make excellent careers for themselves. Looking around the world, in USA and UK, for example, the graduates generally have completed 12 years of education with many then going on to further study.
The improved education leads to a whole new world of opportunity which graduates will be ready to embrace. In a competitive world for companies and your country need to have an educated workforce which can compete in global terms. We will attract the best employers to our country and communities. The standards of everything we do in this country will improve.
The stronger peer group that graduates will be able to support each other and continue to do better as time goes on. This mentally stronger group will be able to provide leadership in their chosen field. In turn they will develop the next generation.
Of course there is a sacrifice with government and parents paying for the improved education. However the rewards will be graduates who can help us all improve the prospects for this country. Times have been tough globally and at home, improved education is one very important way of tackling our present and future challenges.
As individuals each achievement gives you more strength and confidence to go forward and meet the next, bigger, challenge.
Indeed as you review the past few years you will get a real sense that you have achieved something really big and just how much education will mean in making you successful people in the future. All great leaders built up their achievements bit by bit until they could take on those enormous challenges that they are famous for.
Let me congratulate you once again. I look out at you all and see a successful group who are highly valued by your parents, teachers, local community and country.
I hope you have a great party arranged and enjoy your celebrations.
Great leaders all take a moment to celebrate before they move on to their next challenge.
The future for you all is bright. Each of you will have a different area which will suit your individual talents. There are so many areas to consider. That includes medicine, health, teaching, business, nursing, construction, tourism and the arts.
Your country needs leaders in every area. You might not think you can be a leader, however by working hard you can be the best in the vocation of your choice.
The excellent education you have had so far has set you up for a brilliant future. Your ability to learn, the strength you have from your achievements and the knowledge you have are invaluable. I hope you continue to learn either full time at college or part time at night.
I can tell you that as a past alumni I have found the challenges I have faced since leaving school to be tough but everything I gained from my schooling has helped me meet those challenges and make a great life for my family, local community and ultimately that helps the whole country.
I am excited for you as I know just how thrilling the future will be for you. Using your own skills you can be leaders!
Elementary Graduation speech
by Betsy D. Tiwan
(Baguio City, Philippines)
Hi...I was invited to be the guest speaker on March27, 2014 of my elementary alma mater in my hometown with their theme,"Lead me Lord" will you please help me make my speech?Thanks...
Thanks for getting in touch.
I am very happy to help, however to help you make a unique and well received speech I will need some more detail.
What kind of school is it, for example, city, town or rural.
What do you know about the graduates, for example are they a high achieving group, dedicated students, do they help charities, are they talented at say sports, have they faced any big challenges over the year.
Are there any key messages that you want to put across?
Is there anything else you can think of?
Once you reply I'll get to work on a first draft.