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College Graduation Speech Sample - The Average Student
Hello fellow graduates and thank you for that kind introduction. For those of you who don't know me, I'm _____, and I majored in ____. I also want to thank all of the friends and family who could be here to support their respective graduates, as well as the faculty and staff of _____ University for being here with us today. We're all going to be receiving diplomas today. While I was thinking about what it means to receive a diploma, I tried to put myself in the shoes of the average student - which really wasn't hard for me, since I know what it's like pulling an all-nighter and eating pizza for breakfast, too. And I thought about what it would mean to receive that diploma. My first thought was simple: I paid all this money just for this little thing?! But, of course, there's more to the diploma than just the piece of paper. And it's not totally about being a graduate of ______ University, as proud as we all are to be those. Instead, there's a lot to the diploma we don't consider that I want to discuss with you now. To get to the stage today, we've all had to put in a lot of work. It's not a matter of fill-in-the-blanks and you receive a diploma. There are many among us who didn't make it this far. While we might not have the dropout ratio of the U.S. Navy Seals training program, there is a required level of dedication to one's education that needed to take place before we could step up here and receive our diploma. That commitment to our own education is a powerful thing: it suggests a commitment to us, and a healthy respect for ourselves. Not only that, it shows that we believe in ourselves. None of us in this room can honestly admit that they always feel like they'd never amount to anything, because otherwise we wouldn't have pursued our dreams so ardently. Once we have that diploma in hand, what will it mean for us? Some of us might hang it on the wall of our offices; others might store in in a bin in the...
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