Now listen to two students discuss the letter.
Hey Carla, did you see Ryan’s letter in the paper?
Yeah, but I have to say, I disagree with his proposal.
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.
Think we could do with some variety?
I think other professions can be considered “influential” and “successful,” like say...teachers.
Teachers are certainly influential and have an important role in the community.
Yeah, the school should consider having someone from another profession speak, since business leaders always do it.
Yeah, but what about his point about it being good for the business program?
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.
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.