Easy And Effective Student Commencement Speech Tips

student commencment speech tips

Student Commendations are a time honored tradition at schools. They serve as a formal expression of support for the students in attendance for academic and athletic performances. There are numerous student commendations ceremonies, but they all revolve around a simple theme: Recognition is given when an individual or group has met the standards of excellence. Here are some student commendation speech tips to assist you in crafting a memorable speech that will be both impressive and respectful of the listeners.

Student Commencement Speech Tips

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Address The Audience:

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Before ever speaking in front of the class, take the time to address the audience. State your name, your degree or certificate, and your objectives for the evening. If you’re an athlete, outline your goals for the day. If not, explain why you are there and what you hope to achieve. By addressing your audience before you speak, you avoid any distractions that may arise from other speakers.

Choose A Proper Speaker:

Speak to several different student speakers prior to selecting one to talk to the class. Some students prefer to have a more professional or less personal talk with one of their classmates. It’s up to you to determine who will do well in your situation. Keep in mind that any student who arrives late will likely be quickly dismissed. Be sure to find a student who is a good match for your audience and one who can help keep your classmates and students interested in what you will say.

Answer The Question:

Ask a question to the audience before you begin. For example, “What do you want to hear about?” or “How can we best present this topic?” You can also choose to just refer to the topic if you prefer. A good speech doesn’t start without an introduction.

State The Question:

As you introduce yourself, always mention the number of students in the class who will be present. Then, state the name of the speaker at the end of your introduction. If you are giving a longer speech, then include the name of the talker as well. You can then state the title of the talker’s talk in your response. However, it is generally not necessary to refer to the person speaking if you don’t know his or her name.

Start Off On A Positive Note:

As you introduce yourself, tell the audience that you are happy to be there and that you’re looking forward to hearing some of their ideas. You can then encourage students to speak up. At this point, it is important to emphasize that you support all types of student expression. It is not disrespectful to let a student have his or her say.

Begin Your Introduction With An Outline:

Once you have introduced yourself, your talk should then Segway into an outline of the main points that you would like to discuss. For example, if you are discussing the relationship between art and education, then you would begin by giving an outline of the history of this topic. Then you can share some examples from your own life. The outline could include how you discovered your love for art. Next, you can share the benefits of choosing art as a career. If you would like to explain further, then include more examples.

Final Thoughts

When you are done talking, always give your audience a quote that you would like them to remember after your speech is over. The quote should be short and sweet. Some examples of good student quotes are “Keep your chin up and remember that art is forever.” And “Don’t let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams.”

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