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Below are twelve graduation speeches I have delivered as a principal or headmaster or head of school– some for elementary school students, some for middle school students, and some for high school students. I hope you might find them interesting or useful, particularly if you are a school principal or other school graduation speaker seeking examples or inspirations preparing for your own elementary school, middle school, or high school graduation speech or address.
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Graduation Remarks, 2012: Treating Others as Ends: Katniss Everdeen, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Ethical Imperative (High School)
Graduation Speech 2011: Map-making, not following: Learning, Leading, Innovating (High School)
Promotion ceremony Speech 2011: Struggle To Grow and Learn (Middle School)
Graduation Speech 2010: We Need You To Lead Us: Inspired by Seth Godin’s Tribes (High School)
Promotion ceremony Speech 2010: Don’t Stop Asking Why. (Middle School)
Graduation Speech: From Hollowness to Happiness (Middle School, fine for HS)
Graduation Speech: Thymos and Hubris (Middle School, fine for HS)
Graduation Speech: Indiana Jones, Hero of Resilience (elementary school)
Graduation Speech: Ethics and Empathy: Imagine Yourself into the Minds of Others (Middle School, fine for HS)
Graduation Speech: Helping Others is the Real Victory (elementary school)
Graduation Speech: Responsible Idealism (middle school, fine for HS)
Graduation Speech: Privilege and Anxiety (middle school, fine for HS)
Graduation Speech: Yoda’s Teachings (elementary school)