Graduation is an important milestone for any student. It signifies an end to one journey and the start of another. A toast can be a couple sentences long or a more lengthy tribute. They can be original or include quotes from famous writers. Ultimately, the best graduation toasts take just a little planning and come from the heart.

Personalize Your Toast

Since toasts typically happen at events highlighting one person, take the time to personalize your speech. When toasting, talk directly to the subject. Pay her personal compliments on her recent achievement. The best graduation toasts are specific. Use your personal knowledge of that person and fill your toast with positive words. Think of qualities or characteristics that set your graduate apart and use those to start your speech.

Mention Accomplishments

Use the toast as a moment to recognize your graduate’s accomplishments. For example, when toasting a high school student, talk about her involvement in sports teams, clubs or other programs. Mention any recent awards or achievements in grades or outstanding test performance. Announce scholarships or college plans. For college graduates, focus on their studies, research or other degree specific compliments. Use this opportunity to recognize the work and dedication required of your graduate.

Use Anecdotes

Take the time to think of a story or experience you know about your graduate. The story can be serious or humorous. Pick one that focuses on the positive qualities of the subject of your toast. Make sure it is not too long or an inside joke because you don’t want to bore your audience with a story that never ends or that won’t be understood. Pick something simple, but fitting for your graduate. It can be a firsthand experience or from a fellow student or teacher.

Give Advice for the Future

Last of all, the best graduation toasts conclude with your advice about the next step the graduate faces. Sayings like “Your schooling may be over, but remember to open your mind to new opportunities to learn” work well as ending statements. You can also quote music lyrics that pertain to your graduate, find a famous quotation that applies and use it to end your speech.

Always remember that you are not the star of the story but the graduate is so don’t try to still the moment for them.

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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