Poetry Prompt: Commencement Speeches

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This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer


Each spring, students participate in graduation ceremonies to recognize their accomplishments and to mark their passage from one phase of life to another. The season has become known for its speeches, from the bland and cliché to the inspirational and unorthodox.

This year’s college commencement speakers range from  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to author Toni Morrison to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This weekend, try writing a found poem using a commencement speech (or speeches) as source material. Peruse some of the most well-known graduation speeches or recall a speech that was memorable to you. As always, we’d love to see what you find.

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