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The first speech of the rest of your lives

Here is a look at the best words of wisdom to grads from Lodi pro speakers, past local valedictorians, the movies and celebrities.

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Jim Caughran

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 8:00 am

For many Lodians, graduating from high school is the one rite of passage we all have in common. We all can remember the polyester gowns, high heels sinking into the grass at the Grape Bowl and sitting through what felt like endless speeches. The moment after turning our tassels and tossing our caps, the words of those speeches were largely forgotten. But a few nuggets of truth found their way into our memories. Speakers have inspired us. They’ve made us think.  

In the midst of the graduation flurry around town this week, here’s a closer look at commencement speeches. We’ve gathered sage advice from former local graduates as well political figures and professionals from across the nation. There are also tips on delivering the perfect commencement address, and a list of memorable movie commencements.

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