View Full Version : Commencement Speech...maybe you can help?

02-13-2009, 11:54 PM
So, im due to graduate from my college with my Associates of nursing, enabling me to become an RN once I graduate and take boards.

I'm thinking about "trying out" for graduation speaker. I think they usually have 2 student speakers and try to pick a male and female. Seeing how my class is 95% female, this lessens my chances.

I want to start preparing a speech now so when the time comes to try out, I'll be prepared. I dont know where to start.

Id like it to be memorable and funny, but not too cliche' if possible. lol. Any ideas anyone?? I think the starting point is always the hardest part.

Der Cute
02-14-2009, 03:58 AM
What was most memorable (and publicly acceptable) from your student time?
What did you learn the most - not always book/technical stuff, what else - teamwork? Humor? (good old dancing skeleton here)...
Why did you choose Nursing - and what good is it?

Hopefully these will get you thinking.


02-15-2009, 12:34 PM
A story from way back in your life - preferably something that made you decide to be a nurse. Preferably to pull a heartstring (of course, if it's "I decided to get into nursing for the money"... you'd be better off with a joke :p)

02-15-2009, 02:46 PM
(of course, if it's "I decided to get into nursing for the money"... you'd be better off with a joke :p)

Or both:

Amina516 "Great hours, superb pay, incredible respect and fantastic hours all rolled into one career. But we all chose nursing instead...." :rolleyes:

Seriously Amina, avoiding cliches and adding some levity are probably your best bet for the screening. Emphasize that you'd like to contrast and not compete with the honor speaker (who will probably go the opposite direction on both points) during the screening. And take Cutenoob's advice on tailoring some aspect specific to your class.

02-16-2009, 12:13 AM
Thanks guys! You all have
some great ideas. I'll start trying to write it now so Its ready by April.

02-17-2009, 06:12 PM
Or the comment I make to my two nurse sisters:
Nurses are code-dependent.:p

Giggle Goose
02-17-2009, 06:27 PM
I don't really have any ideas since everyone else's were great, but :grats:!

Good nurses are sorely needed and you can work pretty much anywhere you want to, anywhere in the world. I hope land a great position, you deserve it for all your hard work.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-17-2009, 07:26 PM
Also, if you need to scratch someplace like your ass, draw the audience's attention away via a clever ruse.

"So as I was saying, we nurses perform a critical service needed in today's--Hey! What's that over there, away from my butt?"

The preceding was brought to you by Dave Barry and channeled by I.P. Freleigh. I only hope I can be 1/8th as effortlessly funny as he can.