|1. Thank teachers and your parents or other family members for their support, encouragement, help, aid or personal assistance during your years of studying. |
2. Praise accomplishments and achievements of the class.
3. Reflect upon the past years, what has changed and is interesting enough to share with all?
4. Mention funny and exciting events, you can opt for funny oneliners or even small innocent jokes, poems or quotations from famous people if you like.
5. Motivate your fellow students and teachers and professors to look to the bright future:
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6. Give advice, but avoid boring cliches that are totally not surprising.
7. Entertain by telling humorous anecdotes and vivid stories. Offer an account of an interesting or humorous incident.
8. Express the feelings of the class. But do not go over the top.
9. Say farewell to all attendees. This acknowledgment at parting is the warming-up for the next and final step
10. Wish the graduates of your class all the best and thank them for listening.
The valedictorian is the student usually having the highest rank in a graduating class. She or he delivers the valedictory address. For more specific information on this matter read my checklist for developing the valedictorian appeals.
The salutatorian is the student with the second highest rank in class. Often he or she is the first who has to deliver a salutatorian in U.S. schools and colleges at the commencement exercises.
The commencement speaker can be a respectful member of the community, an alumnus, a celebrity or even a politician. He or she shares personal experiences, wisdom and knowledge with the graduates and other people involved in the ceremony in a so-called commencement initiation address.