Post update: May 9, 2016
I have TWO things I hope you remember from all this, other than…the fact that I’ve been known to pee myself… – Abigail Washburn, Colorado College 2012
College graduation season is known for its speeches, from the bland and cliché to the inspirational and unorthodox. (As for clichéd metaphors, try this: a Buzzfeed quiz titled “Graduation speech or episode of The Bachelor?” Climb that mountain!). Or try graduation speech bingo.
Prompt: select words and phrases from any graduation speech and write a poem repurposing your found language.
2015 U.S. college commencement speakers included Michelle Obama, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Colbert, and George W. Bush. Select a commencement speech as source material, whether it is one of the best, one of the funniest, a clichéd snooze-fest, or anything in between.
NPR has listed hundreds of “the best commencement speeches, ever” along with video and quotes. Peruse some of the Time’s Top Ten Commencement Speeches or select any current or past speech. If you are attending a graduation, jot down notes to reuse later. As always, we’d love to see what you find.