Well I didn't have to give a speech or anything...
Mine was good. I was initially nervous because I had to get all dressed up. I wore a dress and my hair was down (all of which I had never done to go to school) so I was scared how people might perceive me. But no one seemed to mind, plus our graduation gowns were basically to the floor. We had our ceremony outside on the field and it was blistering hot. The guys were sweating so much that their graduation gowns had huge sweat circles on the back.
It took about 45 minutes to get all of the graduates out of the building and onto the field and by then, everyone just wanted it to be over because our school building was also overwhelming hot. I knew a good amount of people in high school so when we all sat down, I was chatting with people around me that I knew and obviously everyone was excited. Then we had speeches by the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. And our principal said some words, in which he included the names of a bunch of students he grew close to over their time at our high school (and I wasn't one of those people).
Then they started calling names and for every person they called, everyone was clapping. I think it's because my graduating class was somewhere from 350-400 students and there was a ton of family that showed up so everyone was just clapping for all the students. And when they called my name, I was so excited but then when I got to the steps, I realized the steps were a freaking death trap waiting to happen since it wasn't real steps to get onto the raised platform/stage, but rather those portable steps that didn't have handle bars and were also slightly angled. And I was thinking "Are you ****ting me right now? The last thing I need is to fall down the steps at graduation." But luckily, I didn't fall! Got my diploma case (they didn't give you diplomas on stage), shook some guy's hand and turned to walk off with a HUGE grin on my face (and thinking back on it, I was grinning way too much). And as I walked down the steps, the president of my class (who I did know), was smiling at me and I think she said something but I don't remember. And next to her was my crush—who was the VP (god, I was so in love with that kid). So I walked back to my seat and waited for everyone to finish being called. Then we got to throw our hats up! Was cool. Then everyone dispersed to go and find their family and people were sobbing and hugging and taking pictures. And so I went to go find my family and we took pictures and they had balloons for me and then I took some pictures with friends. Overall, it was sad yet very happy.
Good luck with your speech too! [:
It was official that I was out of that hell hole high school for good, also money and a trip to my favorite resturant afterwards.
But my dad couldn't attend because he was too sick from cancer to come...he was upset he couldn't watch me walk across the stage and that broke my heart. Never seen him cry like that.
Atleast my aunt video taped it for him.
That's heartbreaking to hear.