Funny Graduation Speeches

Susie McGee
Graduation quotes can add a nice touch to a graduation speech.

Funny graduation speeches can entertain and be appropriate for middle school, high school, or college graduations.

Adding Humor

Do you have to be a comedian to add humor to your speech? Not necessarily, but there is a right way and a wrong way to give a humorous speech. Funny graduation speeches can command an audience's attention and actually involve them in the ceremony. However, unless you are naturally funny, adding humor that is well-timed and appropriately funny can be tricky. Keep the following points in mind as you plan your speech.

  • Timing is everything. Take a look at your speech ahead of time, and decide when humor will be most appropriate.
  • Stories of classmates and faculty members are your best sources for humorous stories. Think about some funny moments that included others at the school.
  • Search for funny quotes, jokes, or even newspaper headlines that could be related to the ceremony. Be sure they complement the moment.
  • Don't be afraid to talk about yourself, especially any embarrassing moments you might have experienced during your academic years.
  • Tell stories. Even without trying to inject humor, you might find that your stories about your graduating class, the faculty, and the administration are funny.
  • Refer to subjects that everyone is familiar with, such as politics or especially pop culture. Think about popular TV shows, bands, movie stars, etc. Remind the audience about fads that have been popular while your graduating class have been in school. If you know a funny story relating to this theme, tell it.

Before the Big Day

Before the actual ceremony, you'll want to practice your speech several times. There are other things you'll want to consider as well.

  • Give a copy of your speech to your principal and any other faculty members involved in the ceremony. Be sure you get their approval before you give your speech.
  • Practice your speech in front of several friends, and ask for their honest feedback.
  • When adding humor to a speech, it is important that you stress certain words to add emphasis to the funny parts of the speech.
  • Don't just focus on stories that relate to you and your friends. It's important to include as many of the groups in your school as possible. You want to reach all of your audience, not just some of them.
  • Funny graduation speeches should not be rude or cruel. Do not use this time to ridicule a teacher or principal who is disliked by you or your friends. Be sure your speech material is appropriate.
  • Sometimes, there is a fine line between poking fun at something or someone and being offensive. Use tact and consideration in your speech.

Finding Funny Graduation Speeches

If you still need inspiration for your graduation speech, consider searching online. There is a variety of humorous speeches online, and many of these are suitable for graduation. Many sites offer humorous sayings, quotes, and jokes for you to intersperse into your speech.

  • Campus Grotto- This site lists speeches from a variety of really funny and famous people, like Conan O'Brien, Will Ferrell, Steven Colbert, and Bill Gates.
  • Graduation Invitations and Speeches - This site offers a comprehensive list of funny stories.
  • 7 Hilarious Speeches- This blog lists what is referred to as "the seven most hilarious and inspirational speeches of the decade." You may find just what you are looking for here.

Finally, while it is certainly fine for parts of your speech to be funny, don't forget to thank those who have helped you meet this milestone if you are part of the graduating class, and please be sure the humor you portray is not done at the expense of someone else.

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Funny Graduation Speeches