#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?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

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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