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Virtual Graduation Project: Speeches to inspire Arizona’s future leaders

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  • Rhonda Bannard   |   Inspired Connections

We May Not Have Alicia Keys, Former President Obama, The K-pop Sensation BTS, Lady Gaga Or Malala, But We Do Have A Few Mayors, Teachers, Superintendents And Business Leaders Who Will Be Sharing Their Wisdom In Graduation Speeches Through The Virtual Graduation Project: Speeches To Inspire Arizona’s Future Leaders. Photo Courtesy Inspired Connections

We may not have Alicia Keys, former President Obama, the K-pop sensation BTS, Lady Gaga or Malala, but we do have a few mayors, teachers, superintendents and business leaders who will be sharing their wisdom in graduation speeches through Inspired ConnectionsVirtual Graduation Project: Speeches to Inspire Arizona’s Future Leaders.

Concerned that many Arizona graduates may be feeling disappointed with how the Covid-19 pandemic has upended their important day, one Arizona resident reached out to random folks to write and record their own inspiring messages and make certain the grads feel seen and celebrated as they mark the important milestone in their lives.

More than 40 Arizonans stepped up to share speeches for those about to go through their Eighth Grade promotions, or graduate High School or College.

First, schools are being sent links to the messages to utilize in class and to pick and choose which ones they might share with their communities.

Starting next week and through May 22nd, messages from teachers, superintendents, journalists, students, mayors, moms, dads, business leaders and others will be shared more broadly with the public.

To find out more about the Virtual Graduation Project: Speeches to Inspire Arizona’s Future Leaders, please contact its creator and producer, Rhonda Bannard at  or 602.370.3560.