Seven Tips for a College Commencement Speaker
- Don't try to be hip. You may have graduated a mere three years ago but to most of the students, you are no longer one of them.
- Unless you are a professional comedian, don't tell a lot of jokes.
- Keep it short. Your audience is already eyeing the exits.
- Keep it nonpolitical. This should be an occasion for unity, not cheap political shots at any party or politician.
- Try to say one thing that might be of practical use to the graduates 20 years from now.
- Let your unspoken message be your example. Scrap any tasteless, cruel or ignorant remarks.
- Translate all foreign phrases and keep jargon to a minimum.