Jeffrey Pierre. Salutatorian Paulette Olivas, left, stages with fellow Trevor G. This year's high school graduates were born after the dawn of the new millennium. Some have dealt with school shootings. Others helped organize demonstrations to speak out against gun violence or climate change. We've reported on how college students are becoming more "nontraditional" than we think, but high school students — through social media and their experience — are also becoming more nontraditional.
16 Best Graduation Speeches That Leave a Lasting Impression
Writing a Graduation Speech is Easier Than You Think
Commencement season is coming to a close. Tears have been shed, inspiration delivered. As politicians, movie stars and other notable figures sent students off with rousing speeches on everything from civic education to MeToo take our quiz , we asked readers to share their own wisdom, as if they too had been invited to give a commencement address. The catch: It had to be under 50 words. Here are some of our favorites, edited lightly for clarity and accompanied by notes about what inspired each speech. They tell me I cannot reach my goals, but I refuse to have my spirit broken. I just want to hear someone say that they understand my pain and have become successful in spite of it.
How to write a high school graduation speech
After schools were closed down to slow the spread of COVID, some districts converted graduations to drive-thru affairs or delayed them to when mass gatherings would be permitted again. In Ohio, schools went with virtual graduations that students and family will watch from their homes. At past graduations, Brenna Hammond watched in the audience as speakers delivered quips and advice, envisioning herself behind the mike. The graduation speech she'd hoped to give would have served as a segue between school and summer, work and rest, high school and beyond.
Find the collection here. This has been a season of terrible losses. People have lost their lives, and families are grieving.