Graduation speeches are often a challenge for school superintendents. When parents, families, and friends come to a graduation ceremony they want to see students walk across the stage, they want to hear that special name, and they want to celebrate with the graduates. Graduation is about the students; it’s not about the speeches given by adults. Nevertheless, as a superintendent I am tasked with sharing a few words with the graduates. I am expected to be funny, to share wisdom, to extend best wishes, and to do it all in under 4 minutes. No one wants to hear a long-winded superintendent . . . it is about the graduates.
This year, my first year in Hilliard, I am asking for your help. Graduation is about you . . . the graduates. I am proud to ask you – our seniors – to help me craft my graduation remarks at each of our high schools. How am I going to do this? Read More