I am a junior in high school and have been asked by my teachers to prepare a welcome note and start the ceremony. I have to:

  • introduce the principal and the guest of honor
  • thank the faculty
  • acknowledge the graduates
  • recite some quotes and
  • narrate some success stories.

After that I am supposed to introduce two seniors who are going to host the rest of the ceremony.

Can anyone give me guidance in how to write such a welcome note and provide links to some examples?

  • Emcees (most) always use humor at some point. I'd recommend watching the graduation speech from Back to School by Rodney Dangerfield. Especially, "My advice to you [as you head off to college] is: Don't go! Stay home with your parents! Let them worry about it!"
    – Stu W
    Feb 28, 2016 at 15:10

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Congratulations on being asked to give this speech! Not everyone gets to welcome a graduation ceremony. I'll try to help by giving you a general structure that you can use when you write it.

  • Start by thanking everyone for attending and for spending their time honoring the seniors who worked hard to get to the point they're at now.

  • Then comes your success stories. Figure out what you want your main message of this speech to be and pick your stories accordingly. Do you want the audience to feel nostalgic for everything that's about to change? Should they be smiling about new opportunities ahead? What emotion do you want to evoke and how can you do that? Find some quotes that can accompany your stories and include those as well.

  • Then move on to introduce everyone you need to and thank the faculty. Introduce the two seniors and congratulate them once again on their accomplishments. Then let them take the stage.

I'll include this link for you to look at as well: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/welcome-speeches-for-graduation.html. At the end of the article, it includes a very famous graduation welcome speech that is worth reading.

Some other points:

  • Humor is not only encouraged, but to some degree, expected. Make a joke about "senioritis" or about the students who still have to make it through more years of schooling. Poke fun at all of the ramen noodles that stereotypical college students eat. Unfortunately, I'm not a funny person but anything that makes the audience smile is worth it.

  • End with a bang. This is an exciting moment for a lot of people; act like there's no where else you'd rather be.

  • Practice, practice, practice! Have someone listen to you read your speech beforehand and have them comment on your delivery.

  • Most importantly, have fun. You only have one more year left yourself.

Good luck with your speech and let me know if you need any more help!

  • What do you mean by success stories? Are they the success stories of the students graduating or the school like a brilliant student in the past? Please clarify the success story point please. Feb 29, 2016 at 8:16
  • @abdullahaquarius In my opinion, the most powerful success story would be one that everyone can relate to. I would find that the best way to do this would likely be the success story of someone who is already successful. I suggest looking into college commencement speeches (Try Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Jobs) and reading/listening to their stories. Theirs obviously center around their personal success stories, but you can take quotes/stories from them if you do choose. If you can find success in a previous graduate then by all means, go for it. Whatever you do, inspire and motivate them for th
    – M Lizz
    Feb 29, 2016 at 22:31

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