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Writing the best farewell speech for outgoing students shouldn’t be seen as something scary to do. Although, it’s not always easy finding some inspiring words to write in your send-off or goodbye message for students graduating from college or high school.
If you can learn the basic skills and knowledge needed in speech writing and with proper planning, you’ll find out that it is not a difficult task for a teacher like you to do to express your good wishes and say goodbye to your students who are leaving the college. To get ideas on what to say or write, here is a short sample you can refer to.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The Introduction: First recognize the presence of important person in the audience and then the graduating students. For example, it can be something like this: "Good morning respected principal, vice principal, colleagues, families and friends, students and my dear outgoing 12th class 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 grade students who are leaving the college."
The Body: Recall old memories, i mean old memories shared together with the students, and try to put them on paper. However, remember to keep them brief and precise when putting words down. Write down some success stories that happened during their stay in the school. Also, mention how the college had better prepared them to overcome challenges that they are likely to face in the next face of their journey.
You can add humor as an important part in the speech if you wish to. Also, note some of your experiences as a teacher, relating them to the outstanding performance of the students leaving.
The Conclusion: Here, you need to summarize all your important points. It's perfectly okay to share some inspirational thoughts with the outgoing students. And wish them all the best in future endeavors.
Note: Keep it brief, precise and avoid any form of abusive words that could dull the message you are trying to convey. Look for the right words to make the send-off party colorful and that which will grab your audience attention.
Good morning respected principal, vice principal, colleagues, families and friends, students and my dear outgoing 12th class students.
I am honored and pleased to deliver this farewell speech. Today, 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 this college after successful completion of their 12th year in the college. I welcome you all to this colorful ceremony.
My dear 12th class students, despite some hard tasks, sadness and grief that you have encountered in the course of your studies in the college, at the end of it all, you completed this part of journey with great achievements and beautiful memories. Being tough with you at times does not mean that we hate your set, but to prepare you for a greater challenge ahead, and to nurture you to build a strong foundation for your next level. Under our guidance, you have attained 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, your various accomplishments in almost all curriculum and extra curriculum activities. Your brilliant achievements in academic discourse and in sports are indeed acknowledged. Your sweet memories will forever remain in our hearts.
I and my fellow colleagues wish to thank you for the uncommon zeal you have demonstrated towards your studies, in your relationship with the teachers, management, the junior students, and even among yourselves.
In the history of this great college, we have witnessed and recorded cases of school bullying, violence and all sort of unwholesome activities that emanated as a result of unrighteous actions of some of our students. Today, I am very impressed and happy to say that during your set, the school neither witnessed nor recorded any of such cases. Indeed, you have shown to us that you all came from a good home and well trained, therefore, you have left behind a very good legacy for the junior and in-coming students to follow.
My dear students, as you leave this college, expect that some challenges await you, which of course, I strongly believe going by your antecedents and the manner you have conducted yourselves over the years and the skills and knowledge we have imparted in you, you will surely overcome them.
At this point, I want to implore my dear outgoing students to always see yourselves as good ambassadors of this college and never allow selfish interest to blemish the integrity you have nurtured over the years in this great college. Be kind and good to people you meet on your way up. Allow the words of God guide you as you journey to greatness. Think big thoughts and be optimistic in whatever you are doing.
On behalf of the college, I bid you farewell and wish you best of luck in your days ahead. May God bless you all!
Thank you very much.
Note: The sample above 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 better than the one above based on your experiences in the college. The layout of the text should be well structured and ask someone to help you proof read what you have written. You can add inspirational quotes and sayings to your send-off message to make it more interesting to your audience. Find below some useful quotes and sayings for the 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
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: https://owlcation.com/academia/Farewell-Speech-for...
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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.
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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…
HOPE THIS HELPS YOU...!!!