I love this example high school graduation speech which was sent in by Safiya from Saudi Arabia. It honors, parents, teachers and other students, and looks back over the ups and downs of school life.
And like all good speeches, it contains a great, inspirational quote, providing food for thought and making the speech memorable.
Use Safiya's speech to give you ideas about what to say on YOUR big day.
Thank you, Safiya, for sharing your speech with us.
Good evening everyone. First of all, I would like to say that I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to present this speech.
Wow, we're finally graduating!
Thank you to everyone present here. Thank you to everyone who is part of the school. Thank you to our supportive principal _____ Thank you to our teachers and parents and families and friends.
You all have helped shape us into the people you see today, and I can say in total confidence that without you we would have become very different.
As students and friends, we have made many memories together, many good and some bad, most of which we can now look back upon and laugh!
We went through so much during the past decade. We often clashed over what some might call trivial situations. And despite the fighting, we never hesitated to have each other's backs. I consider myself lucky to have met you all and to be part of the strong bond we have created.
We have had some of the best teachers, who truly cared about us and taught us with passion. They gave everything they had in hopes of molding great contributors to society.
Fellow graduates, I have known you for a long time, and I know that each and every one of you has something special.
You all are creative and smart in many different ways, so please promise me that - no matter how cliché this sounds - you will never doubt yourselves.
Alan Alda once said, "Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself."
I am counting on seeing you conquer life in your own fantastic way. And I know we will keep in touch inshallah!
Up until recently, I felt apprehensive whenever I thought of finishing school and starting a new chapter. But standing here today after going through the senior year, I am filled with ecstasy and excitement to venture into another world and offer all I have.
I hope the school always nurtures better seniors and I wish them luck.
Thank you again, and I hope you will hear good things from us in the near future.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018!!