Valedictorian Speech, Speech Example

Congratulations class of 2013, it has been a long and bumpy four years for many of us, but we made it! Now is the time for us to set out on our own paths in the real world- the future is in our hands. As we leave for college, enter the workforce or begin whatever journey our future holds for us, let us remember all of the lessons we have learned during our time here- not only from our teachers, but from each other as well.

Over the past four years I have had the privilege of interacting and getting to know many of you- and just like it was difficult that first day of freshman year, walking down a hall of foreign faces, today will be a difficult day as well because today we say goodbye. We say goodbye to our teachers, our classmates and our friends- some of these goodbyes may only be for a short time, some may be forever.

To each and every one of you I want to say thank you. Thank you for shaping and molding my high school experience to make it all that it has been for me and many others. As I leave our school today, I walk away with a debt of gratitude I never imagined I would have for this institution, nor many of the teachers when I first met them! But now that the time has come for us to close our lockers for the last time, pack up our book bags and head off on our journeys, I am left with nothing but gratitude for having the opportunity to meet each and every one of you, to go to this school, and to serve as your valedictorian.

Congratulation Class of 2013! We did it!