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Good Evening Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen and the Graduating Class of 2009.
Robert Gallagher said that change is inevitable - except from a vending machine. As you stand on the brink of moving into life beyond [insert name of educational institution to personalize the free graduation speeches], change will be inevitable! It is inevitable and indeed gratifying to see that our Graduating Class of 2009 matured and became skills proficient ready to tackle and further their life-long education. It is inevitable that structures and processes and relationships will change in their day-to-day lives. It is inevitable that they will face new challenges and it is inevitable that things may seem a little different in the year ahead. Yes, life is definitely going to become a little "shaken up and stirred".
But as we look back this evening on a journey - a journey that started out with hesitant, tentative steps, we see just how far these young Ladies and Gentlemen have progressed. It has been an honor and a privilege being part of their journey and one which has been imbued with wonderful memories. Allow me to share two such memories with you - memories that serve to illustrate that while some things will change and rightly so - the core fundamentals in their lives will remain the same. [The examples below in the free graduation speeches are very universal, but you may want to include two of your own stories here].
A sports event. A youngster is sitting next to the sports field trying to put on his sock. I walked past. The boy stands up, hopping around on one leg, his sock in his hand and he greets, "Sir!" He sits down again intent on putting on his sock. I walk on a little way and watch. The youngster it seems has chosen a bad spot. At least six other parents happen to walk past him, separately, but in relatively quick succession. And, every time, without fail, he clambers on to his one foot and greets, "Sir or Ma'am!" I'm not sure if he eventually did get his elusive sock on - but I can testify to the exceptional manners that I witnessed - manners that are so firmly ingrained that they are almost intuitive.
And then I also happened to witness a sports team playing a sporting match. The team was losing - quite significantly and the referee seemed to be making some tough calls. The stakes were high, shoulders were rounded and frustration levels were rising.
A Senior was sitting nearby. He cupped his hands around his mouth and called out firmly, "Hold your heads high!" Just that! But that was all it took. Heads lifted, shoulders straightened and the team played their hearts out. I don't recall the final score, who won, who lost - it didn't seem that important. But I do recall how those words encouraged them and they played their best game ever.
It is these memories Ladies and Gentlemen, that testify to the fine caliber our the Graduating Class of 2009. I would like to pay tribute to each and every one. You have all left and will continue to leave an indelible legacy of excellence, achievement and a fine ethos and tradition for generations to come. I would also like to pay tribute to to the wonderful teachers, the parents, past pupils and indeed the board of governors - you have all guided, molded and shaped the Ladies and Gentlemen standing here tonight. Your role has been hugely instrumental in molding our youth...our hope for the future.
Our future seems destined to be in capable hands. The Graduating Class of 2009 has achieved exceptional accolades, perhaps too many to highlight or to single out [you may want to highlight one or two key areas here to add to the free graduation speeches ]. Suffice to say that I believe that the vast majority of pupils strove to work to their potential, they aimed high, they set their goals and for the most part, they not only achieved them, but in fact surpassed them.
So Ladies and Gentlemen, as you face and tackle the inevitable changes, hold true to yourself. Remember to hold onto your value system, your work ethic and most importantly, your humanity. It is these qualities that will guide you further on your journey.
Today's achievements may fade or even be forgotten. The applause may become a distant memory and your certificates and medals may gather dust on a shelf or in a drawer. But, you will always be remembered for caring enough, for helping someone, for making someone feel special and appreciated and for being the kind of person that others enjoy spending time with.
Your life is a remarkable occasion - I have no doubt that you will rise to it!
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