<-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discuss the letter.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Hey Carla, did you see Ryan’s letter in the paper?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, but I have to say, I disagree with his proposal.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh, yeah?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> You know, it seems like it’s always businesspeople who speak at graduation.
At least every year I’ve been here, it’s always a businessperson speaking.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Think we could do with some variety?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> I think other professions can be considered “influential” and “successful,” like say...teachers.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Teachers are certainly influential and have an important role in the community.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, the school should consider having someone from another profession speak, since business leaders always do it.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, but what about his point about it being good for the business program?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, like Ryan said, that program is already quite big and well-known.
It doesn’t really need the extra attention or free advertising that a graduation speaker would bring.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> That’s true.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> I think our education program could really benefit from the free publicity.
It’s a great teacher-training program, but it’s not as well-known.
It’d be great if a local teacher could draw attention to it... which would definitely happen in a speech like that.