In his commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005, David Foster Wallace was tasked with the responsibility of imparting some wisdom onto the graduating class. Wallace’s message to a room of full soon-to-be college graduates at the precipice of the of their impending true adulthood, he offers them a message that cuts through the mess and concisely delivers a message that many would ironically overlook, which is for the students to realize that at times, imperative life lessons are not only the ones that they cannot conceive or believe, but the ones that are obvious but hard to acknowledge let alone discuss. The lesson in this is that no matter how instinctive that cynicism is, it is imperative that people must try to more honest and open
David Foster Wallace has presented a commencement speech in Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Kenyon College is a small private liberal art college in Ohio. His speech This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion about Living a Compassionate Life was twenty-two minutes long and within that time it was motivational, emotional, and he made numerous recommendations for how to live your life. Wallace explains what he believes is the most important benefits of a college education. He wanted to send a message to the graduating college students that we can make the world a better place by being more self-aware and by being concerned for the well being of others because helping others won’t ever be damaging to society.
William sat on the edge of his seat and listened to Jeanette explain the organizational structure of Beacon Academy. “Beacon Academies are charter schools; we are accountable only to the state granting the charter, and a national board of directors. As charter schools, we are schools of choice - we derive our students from a variety of public school districts. If accepted, students who choose Beacon Academy sign a contract that commits them to the principles and operating conditions of the Beacon Academy enterprise. Our long-term goal is nothing short of a complete revolution of America’s system of compulsory public education that is determined based on student residency.
When analyzing events, such as a high school graduation, it is important to see the three phases of a rite of passage, which are separation, transition and incorporation, also called the introduction or reintegration phase. In this specific rite, the student is first separated from peers and family. Next, the group of students who will graduate are announced in their graduation attire and seated together, but away from the rest of family and friends. Finally, they receive their diplomas and are introduced as new graduates to symbolize the shirt into the new societal role. The all occurs in a relatively brief ceremony, but the change that each graduate undergoes during this rite of passage will last for a
These arguments can even be found in commencement speeches. One speech that sticks out to me is Stephen King’s commencement address to the 2005 graduating class at the University of Orono. His speech was put together well and he had a few different kinds of arguments. He also used different aspects of logos, ethos, and pathos to present these arguments to the audience. The main purpose of his speech was to convince the graduates to give back
I am confident that after my presentation was over everyone in the class would be able to make their own lava lamp. Firstly, my introduction went very well. I believe I was able to draw them in by relating to them while also gaining credibility. To start off, I tried to relate the project to them.
Congratulations to all of our graduates. You’re officially ‘Sandburg Survivors’. But what does that really mean? Today, you will have the honor of leaving with a certificate in your hand, and a little pride in your heart. You will leave feeling, hopefully at least a little good about yourself, but how will everyone else feel?
Greetings President Lightstone, Deans, Faculty, and to all the beautiful faces seated before me. Thank you for this nerve-racking, headache inducing, gut-wrenching opportunity to speak to the graduating class of 2015. In spite of the aforementioned pains, I’m compelled to deliver this speech with utmost confidence and such conviction, so that my message could be of great benefit or have most of you here at a complete loss. I shall gain most of your attention just by standing here and admitting that I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. Nevertheless, it is with great hope that my message is understood, that there will be a laugh or two and maybe even tears.
We have a lot of the same opinions. From being raised with each other at the same time, we have similar ways of thinking. We also share many of the same interests and hobbies. In class we often get the same answers, even if they are wrong.
Graduates proudly found their seats with beaming smiles, our excitement filled the air with electricity. The crowd began to quiet down once all of the graduates had fallen into their rows and sat together all at once, just as we had practiced. As President Bolt addressed us, all that I could feel was a surrealness as my heartbeat quickened and my mind began to twirl like a top. My ears were deafened to the welcoming speech, while I concentrated on steadying my thoughts, breathing, and racing heart. Sitting beside me was Skye and Lorenzo, both student speakers.
Mr. Curry, It was an absolute pleasure meeting with you yesterday to discuss admission into the Kinkaid School for the next school year. It was great to hear a little bit more about Kinkaid 's focus, learn about the school’s rich legacy, and it’s mission to educate students holistically. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to discuss with me how my academic strengths, educational pursuits, and commitment to leadership and service can be valuable assets when paired with the Kinkaid School. I know that The Kinkaid experience can never be compared or duplicated, so once again, thanks for allowing me to be apart of your school day. I hope to hear from you soon!
All of the students are friends and there is no end to what they would do for each other. All the faculty and staff are nice and really care about the students. The community at Archbishop Mitty High School is something that they are recognized for. The academics are also something Archbishop Mitty High School is known for.
When Antwan Wilson was first asked to give the commencement speech for Nebraska Wesleyan University, he said he was humbled. “People who grew up like I grew up don’t give commencement speeches in the state of Nebraska,” he said. “At least not when I grew up, that’s not the way it was.” But on Saturday afternoon, the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools will deliver the university’s 128th commencement to 489 undergraduate and graduate students.