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The Best Farewell Speech for Students by Teacher

Read on to find the perfect farewell speech to students. Graduation is a bittersweet moment, but this article will provide you with some helpful ideas to send your students off properly.

Read on to find the perfect farewell speech to students. Graduation is a bittersweet moment, but this article will provide you with some helpful ideas to send your students off properly.

Are Your Students Graduating?

Writing a great farewell speech for graduating students shouldn’t be scary. Still, it’s not always easy finding the right, inspiring words to put in your send-off or goodbye message for a group of students finishing up college or high school.

If you can learn the basic skills and knowledge needed for speech writing, you’ll find that it’s not a difficult task for a teacher like you to express your good wishes and say goodbye to students who are leaving high school or university. To get ideas on what to say or write, here are some tips for constructing a speech as well as a short sample you can refer to.

Starting Your Speech

The Introduction: First, recognize the presence of an important person in the audience, and then speak to the graduating students as a single body. For example, it can be something like this:

“Good morning respected principal, vice-principal, colleagues, families and friends, students, and my dear outgoing 12th-grade students. I am honored and pleased to welcome you all to this colorful ceremony. Today, we are all here to bid farewell to our 12th graders who are leaving to join the workforce or continue their education."

The Body: Recall old memories shared together with the students, and try to get them down on paper. However, remember to keep them brief and precise when crafting the final version. Write down some success stories that happened during their time at school. Also, mention how school has prepared them to overcome challenges they are likely to face in the next phase of their journies.

You can add humor if you wish. Also, note some of your experiences as a teacher, relating them to the outstanding performance of the leaving students.

The Conclusion: Here, you need to summarize all your important points. It’s perfectly okay to share some inspirational thoughts with outgoing students, and wish them all the best in future endeavors.

Note: Keep your speech fairly brief, precise, and avoid any wordings that might be perceived negatively—they could dull the message you are trying to convey. Look for the perfect words to make the send-off party bright and fun, and also try to purposefully grab your audience’s attention.

A Sample Speech

Good morning to our resepcted principal, vice-principal, and colleagues, and thank you to the families, friends, and students in attendance. And, of course, good morning to my dear outgoing 12th-grade class.

I’m honored and pleased to be delivering this farewell speech. Today, the 1st of July, is a day of joy, particularly for the graduating students and their parents. We are all here to bid farewell to our students who are leaving here after successfully completing their 12th-grade year. I welcome you all to this colorful ceremony.

My dear 12th-grade students, despite some hardship, sadness, and grief that you inevitably encountered in the course of your studies here, at the end of it all, you completed this part of your journey while gathering great achievements and beautiful memories.

It’s true that my colleagues and I have been tough with you at times, but this doesn’t mean that we hate or dislike you—this was all part of a larger effort to prepare you for the greater challenges that lie ahead, and to nurture you and construct a strong foundation for your futures. Under our guidance, you have reached this impressive milestone in your life with great honor and integrity.

Today, I am honored to say, we are proud of your many achievements over the years, and your various accomplishments in almost all curriculum and extracurricular activities. Your brilliant achievements in academics and sports are indeed acknowledged. Your sweet memories will forever remain in our hearts.

My fellow colleagues and I wish to thank you for the uncommon zeal you have demonstrated towards your studies, in your relationships with teachers, management, the junior students, and even among yourselves.

In the history of this great school, we have witnessed and recorded cases of school bullying, violence, and all sort of unwholesome activities from a portion of past student bodies. Today, I am very impressed and happy to say that throughout your years, your class neither engaged in nor was witnessed engaging in any such behaviors. Indeed, you have shown to us that you all came from good homes and are well-trained; therefore, you have left behind a very good legacy for the junior and incoming students to follow.

My dear students, as you leave school, expect that challenges await! I strongly believe, of course, based on your previous behavior and the way in which you have conducted yourselves over the years, as well as the skills and knowledge we have imparted to you, that you will surely overcome them.

At this point, I want to impress upon the dear outgoing students to always see themselves as ambassadors of this school and never allow selfish interests to blemish the integrity you have nurtured over your years here. Be kind and good to people you meet on your way. Allow the words of your elders to guide you as you journey on to greatness. Dream big and be optimistic about whatever you are doing.

On behalf of the college, I bid you farewell and wish you the best of luck in the days ahead. You will all remain in our hearts

Thank you very much.

Note: The above sample is only a guide, and you don’t have to limit what to write in your farewell speech only to this. You can develop yours more fully than the one above based on your personal experiences with your students. The layout of the text should be well structured. Be sure to ask someone to help proofread what you have written. You can add inspirational quotes and sayings to your send-off message to make it more interesting to your audience. Below, find some useful quotes and sayings for the graduating students.

The perfection inspiring quote is a great thing to leave your departing students with. Read on for some wonderful quotes to include in your farewell speech!

The perfection inspiring quote is a great thing to leave your departing students with. Read on for some wonderful quotes to include in your farewell speech!

Quotes and Saying to Inspire Graduating Students

  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ― Christian D. Larson
  • “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
  • “Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” — Neil Gaiman
  • “As you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in. Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • “Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” — Barack Obama

Beginning Your Speech Without “Good Morning”

In the above sample speech, we started off with a simple “good morning” message to the audience, including the speaker’s colleagues, the families, and the students. However, there are many other (and possibly better) ways to kick off a farewell graduation speech.

Here are some other ways you might powerfully begin your speech:

  1. Open with a quote: Instead of saving your inspirational quote until the close of your speech, begin with it! Use it as a way to guide the message of your speech. For example, if you began your speech using the quote by E.E. Cummings in the image above, you might tell a story of a time you were courageous and also reflect on your students’ courage in school.
  2. Use a “What if” scenario: Create a hypothetical scenario and invite the audience into it. This could also help you direct the majority of your speech. For instance, if you asked your audience to imagine a world in which no one had to work for anything, you could talk about how lackluster people’s lives would be without feeling the payoff of effort. You might then discuss student triumphs that came from prolonged work and dedication and focus on that great feeling, relating this back to the fact that everyone has just finished school.
  3. You can use silence: You can use a short silence at the start of your speech to your advantage. If you let everyone sit still for a brief 10 seconds, they will automatically shift their focus to you. Be sure to not wait too long, however, as people may begin to talk quietly. Wait just long enough so that everyone looks at you and is expecting your words.
  4. Opening statistics or fact: Kicking off a speech with an important, surprising, and relevant statistic or fact can be a great attention-grabber. It can also help guide your speech. For example, you could start by saying that people generally do not learn from failure. You could, based on the linked study, explain that this is due to people perceiving failure as an attack on their worth or value as a person. If failure can be separated from someone’s self-worth or perception of themselves, they can more often use the information gathered in failing to help them grow and develop. This could guide a speech that focuses on advice about inevitable future failures and how to better frame them so that the audience can learn and grow.

Questions & Answers

Question: I want a speech that could be delivered to the final year students by their juniors. Would that be possible?

Answer: I have an article you can refer to. Go to my profile page and check for the article "Farewell Speech for Seniors by Junior Students in College." I'm sure you will find it helpful.

Question: Is it possible to write an emotional speech for a non-specific audience?

Answer: I don’t think so because when you don’t know your audience or have more detailed information about them, it is going to be difficult for you to write something about the qualities and skills they have and how they have had a positive, long-lasting impact on your life goals. In fact, it would be very difficult to choose the right words for your audience when writing an emotional speech for them. In addition to what I mentioned earlier, deciding what you should focus on in your speech would depend on how well you really know your audience.

Question: I want to write a speech to bid farewell to our retiring staff. What would be the possible way to do so?

Answer: It is possible. What you need to consider and focus on in your speech writing should include writing down all the good memories of the past you have shared together in the workplace. Also, think about all the things you have learned working together and all the skills and values your staff showed that inspired you and other colleagues at the workplace. Remember to express your thank you to them for their time spent working in the organization and wish them good luck as they move on to another phase of life. Write from the heart, but be sincere when describing your staff who is retiring. Here's a link for more information:


Godwin on April 24, 2020:

I'm a high school teacher and have been selected by the graduating class to give a graduation speech. I have never given a graduation speech before. Please advice. Thank you.

Pooja sonkar on February 05, 2020:

Thank u so much it really helped me

Varsha on February 01, 2020:

Lovely and thank you so much...

Kadesh Weambo on October 15, 2019:

Perfect and beautiful

Ziphie on October 13, 2019:

Wonderful and exciting words

Uchechi Emmanuel on July 02, 2019:

That's brilliant

christiana on May 29, 2019:

Wow excellent

sarkawt on May 17, 2019:

nice speech

IBITOYE temitope on May 13, 2019:

This speech is awesome

minie on October 20, 2018:

I need the best speech for my grade seven class just for farewell

rupa on September 22, 2018:


Sruthy ks on September 05, 2018:

Good one

James kiruubi on September 04, 2018:

Good speech

Bukola on July 17, 2018:

It's great.

Ahmed Mustapha on July 06, 2018:

I am former teacher in one of the school

I want a speech for my former students

Alla on June 22, 2018:

Thank you. It was really useful!

Sudha on June 15, 2018:

Thank you very much....this helps me to prepare my speech.I expect some more sample speeches of teachers to students

Anam Christopher on May 20, 2018:

It is good exercise

Ms J on April 04, 2018:

Great help as this has supported me to write this speech

Sona on March 16, 2018:

What a great speech, I love it

Pavithra on March 16, 2018:

Thank you... It was very helpful....

Dr. Akhlaaq Sharfi on March 07, 2018:

Good guideline

veera on March 05, 2018:

I like it

David on February 27, 2018:

nice speech

Mandhar Bhatra on February 19, 2018:

I like this ur speech excellent.

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D G Kone. on February 15, 2018:

Excellent Farewell speech!

M. Ramesh on February 10, 2018:

Nice speech to prepare our own speech. Thank you

S.P.SINGH PAL on January 15, 2018:

Excellent .I Like IT TO The Core Of My Heart .

joshua on December 22, 2017:

Nice speech

anup on November 21, 2017:

Its a nice speech

Harisingh on September 28, 2017:

Super speech on July 25, 2017:

This speech is great and helpful.

Kumbukani on June 16, 2017:

Nice speech

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awesome speech

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Iftikhar Memon on March 08, 2017:

This is nice speech and i am very thankful to the writer...

anusha p on March 03, 2017:

one sample speech

i delivered on my farewell day

gud morning everybody..!!

I was so excited and just waiting for this day to come so that I can share my joys and sorrows of school days.

Respected principal ma’am, teachers, parents and dear friends, it is my privilege to stand before you today and share my experience.

School life is one of the best pages in the book of life.

It is a place where we join crying, make best memories and leave out crying.

My school days in chinmaya vidyalaya are a successful and unforgettable journey.

The lessons we learn in school are the lessons learnt for life.

Chinmaya vidyalaya is a splendid school with all facilities for learning and exploring our talents out.

This school took me in as an expensive metal and now I am proud to tell that I am going out as an even more expensive statue.

This school has nurtured for 12 years and brought out the best in me.

Being the school captain, was indeed a golden opportunity, the best part and also a huge responsibility for me.

I am very glad to carry a heap of cherish able memories, the timeless treasures of the heart.

A school without a teacher is like a temple without lighted lamps.

Teachers here are great epics with immense knowledge.

To the world you may be just a teacher but to us you are a hero!!

We shall promise you teachers, we will remember you.

As a child, I always wanted to grow up but now I realize that lost pencils were much better than lost friends... lost school days.

Polishing white shoes with chalk, hoping that PT days aren’t holidays, checking if teacher comes with answer sheets after exams, dreaming about birthday’s new clothes, commanding in assemblies, were some sweet memories.

Big gang of friends, colorful uniforms, silly fights, friendly teachers, group photos, combined studies, never ending home works, class request for PT periods, wonderful annual days, enthusiastic khel Milan, so many hands in a single lunch box, remarkable marks, self parent’s sign, justified mistakes, endless scolding, uffh… “School life” is just a heaven…

Finally, I would like to thank my parents for giving me education in this wonderful institution, my school for encouraging me in every sphere, my teachers for guiding me in the right path and my friends for making school life unforgettable one.

Best thing I learnt in school is to keep smiling… so friends pls don’t cry today…

Missing my schooldays… my teachers… my friends… please don’t forget me…!!

Thank you, thank you audience…