Once again, I solicit your help. A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be the 8th grade commencement speaker at the elementary school where our church meets for worship on Sundays.
This invitation elicited two responses. First, I was thrilled that the school administration trusts our church enough to ask me. Second, I had no idea what would be helpful to say to a bunch of students who are about to enter high school. It’s been twenty (!) years since I made the transition from middle school and it’s a stretch to remember the emotions and thoughts of my eighth grade self.
What would you say to these eight graders? I have about twenty minutes to speak to the theme “Who I am. Who I will be.”
Commencement is on Monday so I’ve already begun to work on my speech but there’s still plenty of room for your feedback. Think back to your eighth grade year. What were the hopes and fears on your mind? Assuming you actually would have paid attention to the random commencement speaker, what would have been helpful to hear?