A good valedictorian speech should share fond memories of school years and gratitude for the institution and teachers. Most schools recommend that a valedictorian speech stay brief, at about 10 minutes or less.
A good valedictorian speech generally contains several common components.
- An introduction and greeting to all those present at the convocation
- A statement about the nature of the occasion and the threshold crossed by graduating
- An expression of gratitude and recognition toward faculty that may also single out individual teachers or instructors
- Memories of school life and special occasions
- Recognition of any staff or students who have passed away
Anecdotes and personal memories connect with the audience and add to the emotion of the occasion. It is also common to include remarks about the hopes for the future as the young adults continue their journeys.