How to Write a Good Graduation Speech for Your Best Friend

by Samuel Hamilton

Graduation is a time for reminiscence about your past educational experiences and anticipation of your future goals and objectives. For best friends, this time can be nerve-wracking as you try to determine if this transitional moment will affect your relationship. Fondly recollecting the time you spent together and predicting how you will grow together is a task that can be accomplished in a graduation speech. Writing a graduation speech for your best friend will pay homage to your friendship while simultaneously preparing you both for whatever may come.

List all the memorable experiences you and your friend have had together. Limit yourself to experiences in the school from which you will be graduated. Focus on experiences that make you laugh or cry, or that were generally formative for you and your friendship.

Select two or three significant moments from your list. Further develop each memory into a coherent story expressing the good times you have had, while anticipating the good times you will have.

Connect your stories into a cohesive whole. Use transitional language between each story. This will be the body of your speech.

Compose a humorous, attention-grabbing ice breaker. Follow this with a simple statement expressing how important your friend is to you and how the two of you have grown together.

Compose a thoughtful, heartfelt concluding statement. Reinforce how much your friend means to you and address how excited your are to continue your friendship, no matter where life takes you.


  • Be honest.
  • Ask mutual friends for assistance when coming up with stories.
  • Practice your speech.


  • Keep all jokes appropriate.

About the Author

Samuel Hamilton has been writing since 2002. His work has appeared in “The Penn,” “The Antithesis,” “New Growth Arts Review" and “Deek” magazine. Hamilton holds a Master of Arts in English education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts in composition from the University of Florida.

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