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Senator Tim Kaine launches 'Everybody's the Graduation Speaker' contest for Va high school seniors

Video submission deadline is May 15
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Posted at 12:34 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 12:37:01-04

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced the launch of “Everybody’s the Graduation Speaker” video contest for Virginia high school seniors.

With many in-person graduations likely to be postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus, Kaine is encouraging Virginia’s graduating high school seniors to submit a video of an original speech they would like to give at graduation.

Kaine will select speeches to feature on his Facebook page and website during May and June to celebrate the graduates.

“One of the many groups of Virginians I’ve been thinking about during this challenging time is the graduates of the Class of 2020, many of whom won’t have the graduation experience they’ve been planning for a long time. I feel a sense of loss about that, so I want to do something fun for them and give all high school seniors the chance to be a graduation speaker. I look forward to hearing the wisdom Virginia’s future leaders have to offer and sharing their inspiration with others. Let’s show Virginia what the Class of 2020 is all about,” Kaine said.

Speeches should be 10 minutes or less.

The deadline to email speeches to gradspeech@kaine.senate.gov is by May 15.