Every valedictorian dreams of being remembered as the greatest valedictorian that ever stepped foot next to a podium. The mind set of leaving an unforgettable impression had been hovering in thoughts for years. Questions constantly filled the mind on whether the valedictorian speech should be serious, humorous, or eloquent.
If there is too much of one, the valedictorian speech will only be average. But if there is perfect blend of all three, the valedictorian speech will be seen as phenomenal. And once it is given, the parents will rise. The students will clap. The valedictorian will smile as the applause becomes a memory.
Writing an introduction the crowd will love
This is the part of the valedictorian speech that should grab everyone’s attention; whether it’s funny or not. I have heard some speeches begin with something similar to “I surfed the internet for hours to find an inspirational speech. I found nothing.” I have heard others begin with, “Wowsers, there are a lot of people here today. I know this is random but I sing in the shower.” And for people like Will Ferrell, speeches begin with, “Let me find my speech. Boat party speech, no. NAACP speech, no. Food eating contest, no.”
Any introduction is great as long as it fits your character. The beginning of the valedictorian speech should represent who you are. There are many other introductions to be considered, and there will be that one catches your eye; go with that one.
Sprucing up the basis of the valedictorian speech
In the valedictorian speech, there are many points that should be covered. The main one includes thanking those that helped you: parents, students and faculty. Now this does not have to be a simple, “Thank you parents. Thank you teachers.” Humor can be added by thanking random people, such as Britney Spears, Chuck Norris, and your long lost fish (Steve).
Another key point is to address all of the positive aspects of your school. The many things it has accomplished. If your football team made it to championships, mention it. The crowd will roar in agreement. Maybe mention some comical instances you have experienced. But do your best to not mention anything negative, because the students desire to leave graduation with their heads held high.
Also, chances are that what you say will be repeated by the principal and class president. So instead of going over the same topics, do your best to come up with original content. Reason being is that the crowd also wants to be entertained – given that they will be sitting for three hours. I can guarantee that if the valedictorian speech doesn’t keep the audience locked in then they will fall asleep. But make sure to not get “too funny, or inappropriate” with the valedictorian speech because most times the principal will have to approve of it.
Wrapping the memorable valedictorian speech up
In the final paragraphs of the valedictorian speech, briefly restate previous points discussed. Then end it with something no one would expect. Try stating a quote that sounds phenomenal and build up the suspense to who the author is. Then, completely shock the crowd when you say the author is the all too great Barney, Back Street Boys, or your five year old son. You will be amazed by the crowd’s reaction and laughter.
This is the perfect time to make an impression. If the conclusion is weak then many strong aspects of the valedictorian speech will be forgotten. The conclusion should be just as well-written (if not better) than the introduction and body.
Preparing for the wonderful valedictorian speech
Once the valedictorian speech as been written, read over it as many as times as possible. It should get to the point where it becomes tedious and you can finish every sentence after reading its first word. Try practicing by reading quietly to yourself and out loud to your parents. Don’t orate it to your friends though because you want to surprise them.
Another suggestion is to keep your head up as if you were making eye contact with the crowd. Try practicing with your head up 75% percent of the time – at minimum. If eye contact isn’t made often, then the valedictorian speech will be poor. The crowd will begin wondering with their eyes once they notice you aren’t looking in their direction.
The Valedictorian speech can be more than just a speech
When the word speech comes to mind, most people only associate writing and speaking with it. However, it can be more. The “valedictorian speech” can be a skit, a suspenseful play, or a music composition. Of course, the idea of graduating should be illustrated but it does not have to be limited to standing at the podium the entire time.
The valedictorian speech is not only created from your current knowledge, but also your imagination. The valedictorian speech can be as great as you desire it to be. Many people can give a better valedictorian speech in one position while others give better speeches pacing the stage. Everyone is different. Thus the valedictorian speech should be unique.