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2017 Senior Speeches

Senior Commencement Speeches

SIGN UP/SUBMIT SPEECHES-- April 3-21, 2017

Step 1:   Bring a copy of your speech and a cover page to Ms. Tinius in room H-6 . Your cover page should have your FIRST and LAST NAME, should include your current schedule: Periods/Teachers AND the speech you are auditioning for (Reflection or Looking Ahead). Finally, your speech MUST be ATTACHED.

(*You may make minor edits to your speech before your audition, but YOU MAY NOT bring in an entirely new speech. Do not submit a speech until you are confident that it is what you want to audition with!)


Submission Dates: April 3-April 21


Step 2:   You will check with Ms. Tinius in Room H-6 on Monday, April 24 to get your Audition
date and time.


Audition Dates: (Lunch) April 25-27


Step 3:   Attend your audition with your speech in hand (unless memorized). Copies of your submitted speech will have already been printed out and distributed to the judges. *So remember only minor edits can be made after submission!

Step 4:   Relax. Winners will be notified before the end of the month. If you are chosen you will be assigned a mentor to perfect your speech and delivery.

Senior Speech Guidelines and Elements:


*You may only audition for one speech*

Element # 1: Reflection. Length 1.5 minutes-3 minutes
  • Look back on the educational journey of the Class of 2016 (this is not a personal reflection) so try to include a variety of students and experiences in your reflection. How has being a Mustang over the past four years helped ALL of you change and grow? *Note: Try to avoid commencement speech cliches and slangy, catch phrases. This is meant to be sentimental, but don’t: 1. focus on too many “struggles” or “bad” aspects of high school and 2. Don’t be afraid to try to incorporate some lighthearted humor!

Element # 2: Looking Ahead. Length 1.5 minutes-3 minutes
  • Speak to all of your fellow Mustangs about what lies ahead. (This is not meant to be about just your path) so try to cover a variety of paths that will be taken by all Mustangs as you enter out into the world. What does being a Mustang mean beyond this campus? *Note: Try to avoid commencement speech cliches and slangy, catch phrases. This is meant to be an inspirational speech, so: 1. don’t focus on too many “struggles” and 2. Don’t be afraid to incorporate some lighthearted optimism/humor.

******Please try to incorporate the Class Motto into your speech.

*This is not required, but it is recommended.

Class Motto: No Limits