Graduation Speech...

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Hi all! Graduation is June 27th! Two more finals to go and then my class is done! I am class President so I have to make a speech. I was wondering if you guys could read my speech and let me know what you honestly think! Here it is:

Let me first start off by thanking everyone for being here to join us tonight for this momentous occasion. The class of 2013 would like to thank the following people for their hard work and dedication and for everything that they have done for us these past few months: Gina P, Shawna T, Joan D, Terry C , Trish H, Tassha R, Dave P, Johanna T, and Kelly B. Fellow classmates, instructors, families and friends we are all here for one reason, to celebrate and acknowledge that one journey is ending, just as another is about to begin. Without all of you, we would not be here tonight. We could not have done this with your love, encouragement and support. Nursing school is not easy, and in the past 10 months, not only did we have to deal with going to class, taking exams where we pulled all nighters and we had to lock ourselves in a room away from family to study, homework, and clinical where you have to get up before the sunrise, but we also had to add in the factors of jobs, family, marriages, children, sickness and the daily grind that is life. But you encouraged us and pushed us to keep going, and for that we are eternally grateful because we all made a decision to stick with it, and here we are today. It seems unimaginable that just 10 months ago this journey was just beginning and these people on this stage with me were strangers. We have been through so much these past 10 months and a lot of us have formed very close friendships and we have learned to rely on one another when needed. We have learned so much this year! Some things we learned are that the ABC's are not just the starting letters of the alphabet, but they stand for something more important that is airway, breathing and circulation. In OB we learned that station is not just a place where a train comes to drop off it's passengers, or that engagement is not just when that special someone proposes to keep you in their life and get married. Perhaps the most important thing we learned this year is about compassion. This is one of the values that is of the utmost importance when being a nurse. We must have compassion for our patients. We as nurses will make an impact every single day in the lives of people in our community. We need to realize that we are the voice of the voiceless and the advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves. We are the helping hands of the people in our community and we should realize that even by helping one person, we are making a difference and we are making the world a better place one patient at a time. Some of us may enter the field and some of us may be continuing on in our education, but we all share one thing in common, we are all nurses and we all made it. In closing I would like to read a poem that I have recently become acquainted with it is called "Hearts of Gold" by Sherry York. "There are times in our lives when we sit down and wonder where our lives will lead us. Sometimes we get so caught up in our jobs that we forget what we truly represent. We get frustrated, aggravated, pushed to the limits and so mentally tired that we feel what is the use in being a Nurse? But then someone gives us a weak smile or holds our hand and they may say "thank you, you are so special." Then we feel the warmth growing in our hearts. All the bad feelings disappear and they are replaced by the core values that we present: human dignity, compassion, dedication, integrity, stewardship, leadership and excellence. So when the bad feelings begin to show take the time to say this prayer: Lord, help me to bring comfort where there is pain, Courage where there is despair, Acceptance when the end is near, A touch that is gentle with tenderness, patience, and love. And, always remember, all Nurses are truly blessed. For you see --- God gave us Hearts of Gold." Thank you, God bless and congratulations class of 2013.

CarolinaCutie36

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Wow that was a very heartfelt and touching speech, it had me emotional lol. Good job and good luck to you and your classmates.

MelissaAnnXD

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Hi! That was such a beautiful message!

I graduate in 4 days and also have to give a speech.

I was wondering if it would be okay if i could use the bit about compassion? Its so eloquently put! I'd like to quote you.

" Perhaps the most important thing we learned this year is about compassion. This is one of the values that is of the utmost importance when being a nurse. We must have compassion for our patients. We as nurses will make an impact every single day in the lives of people in our community. We need to realize that we are the voice of the voiceless and the advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves. We are the helping hands of the people in our community and we should realize that even by helping one person, we are making a difference and we are making the world a better place one patient at a time.''

Thank you!

grand_marq

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On 6/22/2013 at 5:35 PM, I♥Scrubs said:

Hi all! Graduation is June 27th! Two more finals to go and then my class is done! I am class President so I have to make a speech. I was wondering if you guys could read my speech and let me know what you honestly think! Here it is:

Let me first start off by thanking everyone for being here to join us tonight for this momentous occasion. The class of 2013 would like to thank the following people for their hard work and dedication and for everything that they have done for us these past few months: Gina P, Shawna T, Joan D, Terry C , Trish H, Tassha R, Dave P, Johanna T, and Kelly B. Fellow classmates, instructors, families and friends we are all here for one reason, to celebrate and acknowledge that one journey is ending, just as another is about to begin. Without all of you, we would not be here tonight. We could not have done this with your love, encouragement and support. Nursing school is not easy, and in the past 10 months, not only did we have to deal with going to class, taking exams where we pulled all nighters and we had to lock ourselves in a room away from family to study, homework, and clinical where you have to get up before the sunrise, but we also had to add in the factors of jobs, family, marriages, children, sickness and the daily grind that is life. But you encouraged us and pushed us to keep going, and for that we are eternally grateful because we all made a decision to stick with it, and here we are today. It seems unimaginable that just 10 months ago this journey was just beginning and these people on this stage with me were strangers. We have been through so much these past 10 months and a lot of us have formed very close friendships and we have learned to rely on one another when needed. We have learned so much this year! Some things we learned are that the ABC's are not just the starting letters of the alphabet, but they stand for something more important that is airway, breathing and circulation. In OB we learned that station is not just a place where a train comes to drop off it's passengers, or that engagement is not just when that special someone proposes to keep you in their life and get married. Perhaps the most important thing we learned this year is about compassion. This is one of the values that is of the utmost importance when being a nurse. We must have compassion for our patients. We as nurses will make an impact every single day in the lives of people in our community. We need to realize that we are the voice of the voiceless and the advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves. We are the helping hands of the people in our community and we should realize that even by helping one person, we are making a difference and we are making the world a better place one patient at a time. Some of us may enter the field and some of us may be continuing on in our education, but we all share one thing in common, we are all nurses and we all made it. In closing I would like to read a poem that I have recently become acquainted with it is called "Hearts of Gold" by Sherry York. "There are times in our lives when we sit down and wonder where our lives will lead us. Sometimes we get so caught up in our jobs that we forget what we truly represent. We get frustrated, aggravated, pushed to the limits and so mentally tired that we feel what is the use in being a Nurse? But then someone gives us a weak smile or holds our hand and they may say "thank you, you are so special." Then we feel the warmth growing in our hearts. All the bad feelings disappear and they are replaced by the core values that we present: human dignity, compassion, dedication, integrity, stewardship, leadership and excellence. So when the bad feelings begin to show take the time to say this prayer: Lord, help me to bring comfort where there is pain, Courage where there is despair, Acceptance when the end is near, A touch that is gentle with tenderness, patience, and love. And, always remember, all Nurses are truly blessed. For you see --- God gave us Hearts of Gold." Thank you, God bless and congratulations class of 2013.

This was amazing!! I graduate soon and I was wondering if I could borrow from your speech please ??☺️ I loved it soo much!