I am needing a speech for our graduation congregation. There will be around 1,000 in attendance. The speech is to be read to students from the School of Modern Languages. Some students have combined honours but the common academic link we have in languages. Most people in the ceremony will have completed an academic year living/working/studying abroad. I think metaphors of travel/adventure/the unknown will be really great in this speech. Also language.
Peronally, I am the first person in my family to go to university, and I attend my hometown university in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This could be something to incorporate into the speech as it could be quite powerful if done correctly.
Perhaps a central theme could be how we all started our degrees 3-4 years ago. We all were about to start the greatest improvisation of all, with no script. We had no idea of what going to happen, often with people and places we had never seen before. And we were not in control. But we said 'yes.' And we were lucky to find ourselves amongst people were willing to take that risk and say 'yes' too. Did saying 'yes' get us in trouble at times? Did saying 'yes' lead us to doing some foolish things? Yes it did. But we weren't afraid be fools. And we have now come full circle and entering a new stage where we need to say yes again etc....
This is the guidance from the university for the speech:
- Your speech should last for about five minutes and be between 500 to 700 words. It should be positive and uplifting.
- Reflect on your time at University as well as talking about the graduation day and hopes for the future.
- Do not be too specific to your course or subject area. You may be speaking on behalf of graduates from different academic schools as well as your own.
- Perhaps mention how University life has benefitted you as a person, and students generally.
- It is fine to acknowledge the importance of the support given by family and friends, but don't include personal thanks or mention friends by name.
- You are welcome to include anecdotes of your time at University as long as the story is meaningful to the whole cohort (and suitable for the audience). You can include stories of the famous Newcastle social scene but please do not include explicit reference to alcohol consumption.
- Note that you will give the speech at the end of the ceremony, so you can refer to ‘graduation’ in the past tense.
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Hello, I am Asad. I read your project description. I can write you perfect speech for the occasion. Please see my client feedback they were 100% satisfied from my work. Thank you Regards