Elementary School Graduation Speeches

In an attempt to get the parents more involved in the first years of their children’s education, so that grades would go up and interest would rise, schools all over America and other countries began holding elementary school graduation ceremonies similar to those held at the end of high school or college. Today is has become a rather rooted tradition, and it is inconceivable not to have a celebration and congratulate the children for having graduated their first years of schooling with success. In fact, some have even begun to hold graduation celebrations at kindergarten, and there are those who claim that this is exaggerated, because it suggests to the children that graduation is an accomplishment, and not an expectation. Nevertheless, this is a controversy for another place and time, and today we want to focus on elementary school graduation speeches.

The elementary school graduation speeches are normally given by the student or students with the highest overall scores and grades; that is, the student with the biggest achievements, considered to be a model for his/her colleagues. However, in most instances, it will be a teacher or the principal giving the speech, because a ten-year old may be too shy or not well-prepared enough to give a speech in front of hundreds or thousands of people. Usually, graduation speeches have to be inspirational and motivational; they have to speak about the student’s challenges and achievements, about the fact that one stage in life has just finished and another one begins, and it is supposed to give them confidence in the future, and make them proud of what they have achieved so far.

However, when you’re giving elementary school graduation speeches, you have to keep in mind that your audience is comprised mostly of children; children who are at an age when it’s difficult to stand still for a longer period of time without getting bored or anxious. So the speech has to be not only shorter, but more entertaining as well. Inserting a lot of jokes in the speech is one way to keep your audience patient and listening; the jokes shouldn’t be random however, but tied to the school experience, and to what it means to be a teacher or a student. You can even use amusing anecdotes from your own experience, and share them with the others.

If you’ve never given elementary school graduation speeches so far, you can always find some examples on the internet, or perhaps even filmed speeches others gave. For example, you can begin your speech by directly addressing the graduates, and congratulate them for reaching this point; you can also mention the parents and thank them for having been there for their children and for the school, even in difficult times. Your speech has to be encouraging, and it can contain advice for the students and so on. More about the content of the speech has to come from you, and your own individual experiences.