Commencement Speech Fluff

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 10:12am

it's the season.  Lots of us are going to, or participating in, graduation ceremonies in the next few weeks.

1). Do you remember your commencement speaker, if you had one? (Any level). Do you remember their message?

2) Outside of your own, what is the best or the worst commencement speech you have ever heard In person?

3). Do you have a favorite commencement speech to refer back to?  Online/text/anthology?

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 10:45am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>it's the season.  Lots of us are going to, or participating in, graduation ceremonies in the next few weeks.</p><p>1). Do you remember your commencement speaker, if you had one? (Any level). Do you remember their message?</p><p>2) Outside of your own, what is the best or the worst commencement speech you have ever heard In person?</p><p>3). Do you have a favorite commencement speech to refer back to?  Online/text/anthology?</p>

1.  My own commencement?  LOL  Lord, Lord, Lord.  It was sweltering, we were a class of over 800 students, INSIDE Warton Field House in Moline.  We were the first graduating year to use "one use only, you had to buy yourself, cheesy as SHIT fabric " graduation gowns and the girls had to wear white.  Our gowns were virtually transparent which hosed up MAJORLY most everyone's planned outfit for underneath.  and one of the Board of Ed decided that traditional caps, when tossed, were dangerous ("SOMEONE COULD GET HURT!!") so we had FOAM caps and we were forbidden to toss them (on pain of lack of diploma).  Basically, the entire set up essentially set up a mutiny.  

Such that we came ARMED (well not really armed) to graduation--with water guns (the long range kind as well as short range) and tennis balls.  We had open water gun warfare throughout commencement (which was probably the only thing that kept our class from fainting because it was at least 90 degrees inside and the gowns were, as I said, not cloth, but that plastic cloth-like crap that doesn't breathe.  But it sticks to you when you sweat.  

And then at the end of the ceremony (which essentially proceeded as if we were not riotous hooligans), when we would have traditionally tossed our caps, we pelted the stand with the Board of Ed with our tennis balls.  800+ of us, which at LEAST 3 balls each.

The next graduating classes after ours (including my brother's class, 4 years later) were literally frisked prior to gaining entrance into the Field House.

No.  I don't remember the speech.  :D  No, I'm not ashamed of my graduation, either.  We had a blast :)  (and future classes got real caps back, so I feel like it was worth it :D )

2.  Beats me.  All I remember from John's graduation was that it was cold and went without incident.  And my parents said it was far more dignified than mine :D  LOL which astonished John to learn what a hooligan his Mom was--apparently I had a reputation for being a dull, boring nerdly good girl--so much for THAT!! :D  

3. Not so much, no.  Aren't they all essentially go do something good with your education?

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 10:49am

BTW, back to the cheesy fabric for the graduation gowns....that night when a bunch of us went to celebrate all night, we girls gathered up those craptastic gowns and attempted to burn them.  They would not burn.  We even started a bonfire to toss them in.  They kept putting the fire out (because they wouldn't stay wadded up and they'd open and smother the flames.  We literally had to soak them in lighter fluid to get them to stay lit.

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 10:54am
1. I was graduated from high school, junior college, colkege, and two different advanced degrees and never once attended one of my own graduations. 2. The year my older DS was graduated from high school they did away with a traditional speaker and gave each graduate five minutes to talk. Since we'd known most of those kids and their families for seven or right years, it was very meaningful. 3. I have three favorites: JK Rowling (Harvard), David Foster Wallace (Kenyon) and Steve Jobs (Stanford). That's right now. It could change.
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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 10:57am

I don't really remember my high school commencement but it was the last year for that principal and I remember her happy thoughts and memories about that catholic school, I also remember who the valedictorian and saluatorian were and we are still friends today, in fact one friend's DD just graduated college two weeks ago.  College commencement was full of speakers, There isn't one speech that stood out to me.  One of my favorite commencement speeches was the one that went viral a couple years ago, You know which one I'm talking b/c it became debate here, I get what that principal was saying and I get the influence that both parents and schools make on children.  That 98% that went on to college are probably ready or soon to graduate there now too. 

 

 

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 11:06am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>it's the season.  Lots of us are going to, or participating in, graduation ceremonies in the next few weeks.</p><p>1). Do you remember your commencement speaker, if you had one? (Any level). Do you remember their message?</p><p>2) Outside of your own, what is the best or the worst commencement speech you have ever heard In person?</p><p>3). Do you have a favorite commencement speech to refer back to?  Online/text/anthology?</p>

1.  I don't remember any of them, I guess they made a major impact, huh?  lol

2.  My favorites so far have been the 6th grade graduations of each of my kids, literally brought tears to my eyes, but it really wasn't a speech more of a presentation.  I have the dvds and will be playing them at their graduation parties!  

3.  Not really, although I have watched a couple on youtube after hearing about them in the news.

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 11:30am

[quote=bordwithyou]<p>it's the season.  Lots of us are going to, or participating in, graduation ceremonies in the next few weeks.</p><p>1). Do you remember your commencement speaker, if you had one? (Any level). Do you remember their message?</p><p>2) Outside of your own, what is the best or the worst commencement speech you have ever heard In person?</p><p>3). Do you have a favorite commencement speech to refer back to?  Online/text/anthology?</p>[/quot

1. I remember very little of my graduation.  About the only memory I have is of marching in.  Our school colors were red and white, the boys wore red gowns and the girls white. So like a previous poster stated we all had the problem of finding white dresses that would not bleed through.

2. I loved DD1 and DD2 college graduations  in that were very short, I was dreading having to sit through long speeches but it did not happen.  DD3's boyfriends commencement speach was good, it was by the Goodwill CEO but very, very long.

3. No.

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 5:32pm

grapthars_hammer wrote:
<p>BTW, back to the cheesy fabric for the graduation gowns....that night when a bunch of us went to celebrate all night, we girls gathered up those craptastic gowns and attempted to burn them.  They would not burn.  We even started a bonfire to toss them in.  They kept putting the fire out (because they wouldn't stay wadded up and they'd open and smother the flames.  We literally had to soak them in lighter fluid to get them to stay lit.</p>

Oh no, Somebody could have gotten hurt or killed.  Not good. 

 


 


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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 6:56pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">grapthars_hammer</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;BTW, back to the cheesy fabric for the graduation gowns....that night when a bunch of us went to celebrate all night, we girls gathered up those craptastic gowns and attempted to burn them.  They would not burn.  We even started a bonfire to toss them in.  They kept putting the fire out (because they wouldn't stay wadded up and they'd open and smother the flames.  We literally had to soak them in lighter fluid to get them to stay lit.&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Oh no, Somebody could have gotten hurt or killed.  Not good.  </p>

Spoiler: Nobody died.

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 8:39pm

1. I don't remember high school. I didn't walk for the degree that I just earned, and I don't plan on participating for the next one, either.

2. I cried like a baby when dd graduated 8th grade because she teared up giving her speech.

3. I don't really have a favorite, but out of curiosity I Googled the David Foster Wallace speech you referenced. I think anyone who can use the phrase, "Less bullshitty" in a commencement speech wins my favorite spot. 

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 9:46pm

1. Some member of the Nixon admin got nixed at the last minute from my undergrad. Some priest replaced him. He was awful. My roommate  was val of 1200, I have no idea what she said, though I heard it 100+ times during practice. My parents loved my roommate speech. I wish someone recorded it, before the tech.

2. I skipped all my other grad.

3. Barbara Kingsolver, Duke, 2008

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