Selecting Graduation Speeches
- Have each group member find a graduation speech from his or her own graduation or a relative’s graduation. Many colleges and some high schools keep a record of graduation speeches online. More recent graduation speeches are often posted on youtube.com
- Scroll through speeches selected by NPR as the best commencement speeches, ever. Select a few for the entire group to read or have each member select one that is meaningful to him or her.
- Find speeches from some of the frequent commence speakers— presidents, TV personalities, authors— and compare their speeches across the years or across colleges.
- Select several graduation speeches from a year 10. 20 or more years in the past (perhaps the era when your book group members graduated high school or college) and compare them to a selection of speeches given this spring.