How to Write a Farewell Speech for Graduating College Seniors
Does Writing a Farewell Speech for Seniors Leave You Stumped?
Need to write a riveting farewell speech to send off graduating seniors and don’t know how to go about writing it? Writing a goodbye speech can seem like a daunting task, especially when it's difficult to finalize what to write or say.
I'll help you put together a speech with your own unique voice. By the end of this guide, you'll know to include things in your address such as:
- sharing how much their guidance and support have been helpful to you.
- letting them know they should feel proud of their accomplishments and contributions.
- wishing them good luck in their future endeavors.
It's appropriate to show love and appreciation through a memorable goodbye speech. Do this to make their last day with you a happy occasion.
How to Write an Awesome Farewell Speech
Follow this speech-making guide to craft an encouraging message:
1. The Introduction of the Speech
The introduction sets the tone for the rest of the speech. Here are a few things to incorporate into the beginning:
- Recognize the dignitaries.
- Compliment the members of your audience.
- State the reason for the important occasion.
2. The Body of the Speech
Describe the seniors who are graduating from the college, and do it in a way that reflects their personality. The message you share should be inspiring.
- Remember who your listeners are, and stay focused when putting the words together.
- Avoid the use of words that are unpleasant and embarrassing.
- Use short and simple sentences to express your important points.
- Mention their attitudes, values, and achievements. Go the next step and connect how these things have been an inspiration to you.
- Recall memories you shared together. Include the most important and engaging ones in your message.
- Mention some of their positive qualities, and thank them for being so kind and helpful to you.
Whatever you write, however, make sure your speech is clear and understandable to your listeners.
3. The End of the Speech
Summarize your strongest points. Wish the graduates success and good luck in their future endeavors. You can also end your speech by including an inspirational quote from a famous scholar. That way, attendees will walk away remembering something that rings in their mind.
Tips to Create a Stellar Speech
- Avoid the use of ambiguous words.
- Write sentences that have the same meaning to you and your listeners.
- Use fewer words to convey your message.
- Don't embarrass your listeners.
Sample Farewell Speech by a Junior Student
1. The Introduction
Good afternoon, respected principal, teachers, parents, and fellow junior students. I want to welcome you all to this wondrous event celebrating our graduating seniors.
I am honored to deliver this speech on behalf of my fellow juniors in the college. As you know, we have gathered here this afternoon to bid farewell to our seniors who are moving on from this wonderful college to start their next phase of life.
2. The Body
Let me start by congratulating our humble senior students for making it to this level in their quest for knowledge. You have survived this academic gauntlet and succeeded in extra curriculum activities, both locally and internationally. Indeed, you have been an inspiration and a stellar example in so many ways to me and my mates.
We are so excited to celebrate you all completing your studies with flying colors and honors. However, I admit it is hard to bid you goodbye because it means we won't be able to spend time with you as often. Who will we go to for guidance? It's going to be a big transition for us as we try to fill the shoes you leave behind. This would have been impossible if your class hadn't taught us so well. You are gentle, kind-hearted, understanding, encouraging, inspiring, hard-working, and intellectually awesome.
During your years here, the school received several awards and recognition. When it comes to academic excellence, we are second-to-none in the state! Even in the arena of sports, cultural, and extra curriculum activities, we are on another level. Most of these achievements are due to the wonderful relationship between the teachers and students. We promise to emulate, uphold, and sustain the legacy you leave behind.
I didn't think it was possible for you to do much more, especially with the little spare time you had left over. However, the School and Community Safety Cadet Corps your class started and put into motion is a blessing to students, teachers, and the community in general. As climate change ambassadors and future leaders, we can use the knowledge and skills to share information with our parents, friends, neighbors, and the public. We can prepare them for procedures that need to be done before, during, and after a disaster hits.
When we came in as wide-eyed students, you provided us everything we needed to know to excel in school. Your guidance, tutorial, and advice helped us build confidence and navigate through school life without getting into unnecessary problems with either the school management or our fellow schoolmates. Being in school felt like being home. Whenever we needed anything, we saw you go the extra miles to get us what we needed. You were patient with us and always willing to do more.
3. The Conclusion
It gives me great joy to share just how fortunate we are to have met such caring, loving, friendly, and humble senior students. We've had a lot of happy moments together, and you taught us how to live a happy life in college even though we were so far from home. We won several scholarships and prizes during your time here.
Our first day of school was never scary—it was full of fun and sweet memories. For that, we are extremely thankful. We truly appreciate the time you spent with us. It is our hope that we inspire those who come after us as you have inspired us.
You are leaving us today, but we will always remember the powerful legacy you leave behind. On behalf of my fellow juniors in college, I wish you good luck, sound health, unending success, and all the best in future endeavors.
© 2016 Oyewole Folarin