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3 “Time to Fly” (June 2018) A Tam High
teacher skips the rap lyrics and delivers a
heartfelt graduation speech focusing on
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52 JUNE2018 MARIN
A Tam High teacher skips the
rap lyrics and delivers a heartfelt
graduation speech focusing on
Sooner or later we all have to make a speech. Some people rise to the occasion more than others.
My first speech was at a friend’s wedding when I was in my 20s. I decided to talk about fantasy football
and bombed spectacularly. So last year, when the Tam High senior class elected me to be their faculty
speaker at graduation, I knew what to do. I said no. I’m comfortable talking in front of a few dozen
kids. But closing outa ceremony in front of 2,000 people? I’m no headliner! Besides, I heard the guy the
year before had killed it by integrating Drake’s rap lyrics into his speech. How was I going to top that?
With the encouragement of some of my students, however, I relented and delivered the address. On the
following pages you will find the textof my speech, along with some metacognitive looks into my writing
process. I’ll let you decide if I should have gone with my instincts and sat this one out.
Fly to BYJONAHSTEINHART ILLUSTRATIONBY ROBERTNEUBECKER