#SOL18: Commencement

What is commencement?

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A beginning?  A ceremony?  Both?

I’ve written about commencements before . . .

here . . . (the language of music)

here . . . (Commencement and ILA15)

here . . . (college graduation and a green river)

here . . . (since last March)

and here! (a micro-essay about TSA Troubles)

There are some extra special memories associated with Commencement this year.

We now have another Doctor in the family . . . in a new generation.

College commencement ceremonies for the son and granddaughter.

The decorated mortarboards that instantly make my eyes leak rivers.

High school graduations for friends and the step-grandkids.

And then a preschool graduate later this week.  That will be a new one for me.

I’m a sucker for “Pomp and Circumstance”.

I’m a sucker for great speeches.

I believe Jason Reynold’s speech at Lesley College was just the right length and oh, so true . . .  but I’m not including a link because the entire video is over two hours.  I had a major fail when I sent it to the kids. You just need to find the 50 minute mark and listen for the next 10 – 11 minutes.

“We made it!”

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What do you think makes a great Commencement Speech?




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10 responses

  1. I showed that 10 minutes of brilliance to all my classes yesterday!! We had such interesting discussions about the story he told. I also find your post interesting. Now that you have been a blogger for so long, you have returned to this topic so often!! Fun to see!

    1. Sally,
      Obviously I love the music, the speeches or the family events! HA! Doesn’t that story add so much depth? The power of story!

  2. Well, that got me teary-eyed. I will have to show this to my students.

    1. Adrienne,
      I’m wondering if the words are posted somewhere. It would be a great mentor for writing, speeches, and for “Again and Again” (Notice and Note).

  3. I am going to listen to it after my commentating. From your post and the remarks it must be really moving. I will have to share it with some friends.

    1. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  4. What a powerful message in Jason’s story. Thanks for sharing, Fran.

    1. Alice,
      Short, sweet, and with a message! Speakers don’t always need to use a lot of words to be effective!!!

  5. Clare Landrigan | Reply

    I went to 3 commencements in 4 days in 3 states this weekend – I needed this post!! Exhausted and proud and joyous and hopeful — all at the same time!!! Thank you for summing up my weekend!!!

    1. Clare,
      You were busy. It’s so gratifying to see the results . . . but as you said, “Exhausted and proud, and joyous and hopeful – all at the same time!”

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