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Types of Speeches: The Commencement Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is a commencement speech?
A commencement speech is usually given during a ceremony in which an academic degree or diploma is conferred. Often these ceremonies invite a “celebrity” guest to give the commencement speech or address. If you’re a respected professional of some note in your community, it it likely that you will be invited to present one of these types of speeches one day.

A commencement speech attempts to put the work those who are receiving their degrees or diplomas have done into the context of their future. This is, after all, the beginning of the rest of their lives.

Tips for good commencement speech
There are few things you need to keep in mind when writing your commencement speech:
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