For my remediation project, I plan to write an article for the Huffington Post on how to write the best commencement speech. My senior year of high school I gave my class commencement speech at graduation and completely fell in love with public speaking, despite how shy I am.
This week I have begun my research on how to give the best commencement speech, looking into previous speeches given by well-known speakers. I have looked at speeches given this past year, all the back to 1932. From Amy Poehler (who I am currently binge watching on Parks and Recreation), to Steve Jobs, to even John F. Kennedy, the number of influential commencement speakers has been endless. All over the country, all over the world, commencement speeches are given every year. Opinions are voiced and thoughts are proclaimed.
As I continue my research on how to give the best commencement speech, I plan to interview my fellow peers (like my friends Caroline (freshman) and Gabby (junior)) at the University of Michigan who have also given commencement speeches at their high schools. I think that it will be interesting to see different perspectives of those giving commencement speeches.
I have noticed that many of the speakers I have read about have opened with a funny line, or something that catches the audience’s attention. For me, I began with a thought-provoking question, followed by a quote from Albert Einstein. For president Barack Obama, he began with “Go Blue!”