#SOL22: Commencement

Is it the music?

The speeches?

The rituals?

What memories surface with that word?

A vision of the last graduate you saw?

Memories . . . present?

Memories . . . past?

Commencement: what does it mean? Commencement is actually derived from a 13th century French word meaning beginning or start.

Hearts flutter at the beginning strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Folks fidget. Babies cry. Bleachers squeak. Nervous laughs break the quiet.


Do they inspire? Do they reminisce? Do they bring joy?

What advice is imparted?

On ‘Sunday one speech began and ended with “Wear sunscreen.”



Easy to remember.

Here are some ranked examples of quotes from speeches. link

Or perhaps this greatest speech of all time. Link

What do you think was the best speech ever?


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4 responses

  1. Ah, the joy and thrill of commencement. A new graduate facing the thrill of accomplishments yet unknown. The joy of family as they acknowledge the hard work the student has put in thus far to get to where they are. All the possibilities!

  2. There is nothing I love more than attending a commencement, and I know I’m not alone.Thanks for the invitation to post our favorite speech. My top two are George Saunders’, a terrific 11 minutes, and David Foster Wallace’s unrivaled “This Is Water.”

    1. Thanks for adding your favorites!

      1. I listen to commencement addresses a lot. Thanks so much for sharing the true “Sunscreen” story—a winner in every way!

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