Graduation Speech Essay

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Ladies, gentlemen, parents, friends, family, staff, fellow students: Instead of taking up more time and reading my speech, it is available to you at http://www.olen’s_speech.com. Thank you. No, just kidding. But seriously folks... Today we are gathered here to celebrate our graduation from 12 long years of schooling. The education granted to us has been a privilege. One so graciously given to us by the citizens of our state, by our community, and by our parents. Today would not be possible without them. So far this evening we have looked back over the many past memories of our school years, remembering the good times and the bad, talking about the fun times, and so on. Now I would like to bring your focus to the…show more content…
In today’s society, and I think among the students as well, there is a growing feeling of distrust with our government and a feeling of "who cares." Well, it is now time to care. We whine and complain about everything our government does, and we do nothing about it, and yet we’re still upset because nothing’s changed. It’s like we’re armchair quarterbacks who really expect the football player to actually hear us ranting and raving at the TV. We need to do something, and that is to vote. As Lincoln said, "The ballot is stronger than the bullet." There are also other ways to make a change in this world, however. Some of you may remember the petition I passed around the lunches a few weeks back regarding the block schedule changes. It may have seemed an insignificant, almost frivolous thing, but the point was to be heard; to make a statement — that we can be heard and do have a say. And we were, at least in part, successful. I urge you to do the same. Only now, in the "real world." Write a petition, sign a petition, vote, talk to your legislators; write a letter to the newspaper. There are countless ways. Now that we are in "the real world," and want to be a part of it, what do we do? We have the responsibility to carefully examine it and become aware of it. And we have the technology to easily do so. Even in just the past few years, the Internet, once just a small collection of "computer nerds" chatting with each other, has exploded to

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