Hi, everybody.

Today is the big day. I’m addressing the graduates of Regent’s University London. I’m excited about my speech. There are almost 200 graduates and about 700 people will attend the ceremony.

Due to time constraints — and faculty who want to wrap this up quickly — my designated time has been reduced considerably. I’m now tasked with being brief, inspirational, and encouraging. The goal? Get these graduates to sign up for the alumni association!

Quite different than the original plan. But I’m honored and humbled to be asked to speak in any capacity.

I thought I’d provide a copy of my original speech as it was written. It takes about ten minutes to say aloud, and I know this because I’ve practiced this speech 17,000 times.

The shorter version will hit the highlights and be just as fun — but brief. And you can follow me on Twitter (or Jennifer McClure) if you’d like to see photos and highlights of the trip.

Wish me luck.


7 Responses to Regent’s University London Speech
  1. Sal Conigliaro

    That is awesome.

  2. Renette Hier

    Laurie – this is a great speech! They are lucky to have you.

  3. Johnny Nyk

    “Fight on behalf of those who don’t have the great fortune of graduating from university”

    That one hit home.

    Break a leg!

  4. Jennifer Caraballo

    So excited for you! Best of luck!

  5. Jennifer Caraballo

    and I think your speech is fantastic!

  6. Sarah Moore

    Very inspirational Laurie. Good luck today! May Jennifer tweet good things!
    Sarah x

  7. gerry crispin