Farewell speech sample from a highschool gratuation
Not many people can honestly say they really like school. Those who can, well, they’ll be at it for a long time. The rest of us however, are coming to a cross roads. We often hear the phrase, “Don’t think of it as an ending, but as a beginning.” Of course, we’ve also all heard, “Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.” I say, no. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today, we celebrate. We celebrate goodbyes, and farewells. We celebrate success, and failure. We celebrate friendships made and lost. We celebrate being in the top 71% of the country. We celebrate overcoming hardships, finding ways around school projects’, getting through that teacher no one likes, and you all know who I’m talking about, and of course, making it here today to receive our diploma. Many people will tell you that the journey begins here, but I say the journey began 4, 7, or 12 years ago.
When we met each other, the journey began. We began to form relationships, to learn, to develop, and to work together. Today we say good bye to those people we met over the last twelve years. Some of them we’ll see again, some of us will continue to hang out over the summer. Some of us are leaving tomorrow for destinations, and new journeys, unknown to the rest of us. And some of us will always be here, in our home town, around the people who have supported us for so long. Even for them, today is a farewell. We say good bye to time spent in classrooms together. We say good bye to teachers we both loved and hated. We say good bye to locker buddies, and lunch groups, and band mates, and lab partners. And in so doing, we say hello to new adventures, new friends, or at least new interactions with friends past. So where we go from today is only our journey. No one else can make it for us.
I know we all have a lot of “remember when’s”. Remember when we stood in front of the school, shivering because the fire alarm went off and only to find out someone pulled it as a prank. I remember, do you? Remember when we were in 2nd grade and we became friends because I gave you my animal crackers? Remember when’s can make our lives easier and sometimes harder. Remember when our country was not scared of going on planes and did not have to go to war because of terrorists? Although we all remember when, we sometimes do not see that as an important part of our lives. But some of us may go off to war still today because of that fact. Today I bid thee all farewell. Farewell is a word meaning goodbye. Many people go off to war, go to work, or go to college. Everyone knows that someday we all have to say goodbye.
Today I am saying goodbye to you. My mom always told me, “when you leave, expect everything to change. For in any moment a person can be lost, a new person can be born, or someone may go away for good. God is the only one who knows what is going to happen.” So if God is the only one who knows what is going to happen, I have to wonder, does that mean I am going where he expected me to go. Perhaps. As I look back on my days, I see so clearly the good times and the bad. I know that today when I leave, like the rest of you will, my farewell is going to be this, and nobody will remember me for anything else. All they will remember is “That was the person who gave the farewell speech”. Who will you be recognized as? The brain from algebra? The goth? Just a quiet kid who sits alone during lunch? Perhaps you will be known as the most popular person in school. If so, I apologize for leaving that legacy behind. What I would like is if we could just leave our legacy as this. Our class was all friends. We were people who worked together and made decisions we could be happy with.
Today I say farewell to you all. Who will you say farewell to? We are leaving behind some of the childish games and sports we once enjoyed. We are leaving simple subjects for harder ones. We are leaving this school, these classmates, these teachers who have become so closely associated with our educational life. And we are taking with us memories, friendships, relationships, and knowledge that will help us through the rest of our life. And so, in the great words of Schwarzenegger. Hasta La Vista, Baby.