TED Worldwide Graduation: Guidelines & Prompts

If you are a graduate

This is an inclusive celebration of ALL graduates! Whether you are a graduating student completing high/secondary school, middle/primary school, college/university or grad school, we want to honor your work and achievement!

How to participate

Record a personal message to your fellow classmates! This can be a short 1 minute video message or a full-length (maximum 8 minutes) graduation speech - inspirational quotes and all. To participate and have your #graduaTEDtalk featured on ted.com/graduation, or for it to get some love from TED’s social accounts, follow the instructions below.

How to share your video(s)

  • Instagram: You can either post a video with a maximum length of 1 minute to your main feed (not to your story), or post a longer video to IGTV. For your message to be shared on our site, the account you share it on needs to be public and your post needs to include the hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDtalks. Tag anyone you mention in the video!
  • Twitter: You can post videos with a maximum length of 2 minutes and 20 seconds. For message(s) to be shared on our site, the account needs to be public and the post needs to include hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDtalks.
  • Facebook: You can post videos with a maximum length of 8 minutes directly to this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GraduaTEDTalks. (Videos you post on your personal pages will not be shared on our site).
  • YouTube: You can post videos with a maximum length of 8 minutes to a YouTube channel. Include the hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDtalks in the title or at the top of the description.
  • Tag anyone you mention, or anyone you think should give a #graduaTEDtalk, in your post and direct folks to ted.com/graduation to participate.
  • If you are a U.S. high school or college/university graduate: you’re eligible to be selected to present your 2-min speech as part of teenVOGUE’s virtual commencement on May 31! After you post your video, submit it for consideration here: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/virtual-commencement-2020

How to record your video(s)

  • Record with a plan. Think about what you’re going to say before you record. Write down notes to help you remember everything you want to say.
  • Be specific -- personal messages are more powerful than generic ones!
  • Record your message with your phone held horizontally.
  • Make sure you’re well-lit from the front (facing a window is a great way to get good lighting)!

Prompts for your message(s)

  • What wishes for success do you have for your fellow classmates graduating this year?
  • What words of wisdom would you like to impart to your fellow classmates graduating this year?
  • Share your favorite memory from senior year: a specific moment you want to hold on to forever.
  • What legacy do you hope you’re leaving behind?
  • Who was important to you? Who do you most want to thank?
  • What do you believe the Class of 2020 will be remembered for?
  • When did you laugh the hardest with your classmates?

Got more questions? Check out FAQ’s below.

If you are supporting a graduate

This is an inclusive celebration of ALL graduates! Whether your graduating student is completing high/secondary school, middle/primary school, college/university or grad school, we want to honor their work and achievement!

How to participate

Record a video message congratulating your graduate(s) and sharing your wishes for their future!

How to share your video(s)

  • Instagram: You can either post a video with a maximum length of 1 minute to your main feed (not to your story), or post a longer video to IGTV. For your message to be shared on our site, the account you share it on needs to be public and your post needs to include the hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDtalks. Make sure to tag the graduates you’re celebrating!
  • Twitter: You can post videos with a maximum length of 2 minutes and 20 seconds. For message(s) to be shared on our site, the account needs to be public and the post needs to include hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDtalks.
  • Facebook: You can post videos with a maximum length of 8 minutes directly to this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GraduaTEDTalks. (Videos you post on your personal pages will not be shared on our site).
  • YouTube: You can post videos with a maximum length of 8 minutes to a YouTube channel. Include the hashtag #graduaTEDtalk or #graduaTEDTalks in the title or at the top of the description.
  • Tag anyone you mention, or anyone you think should give a #graduaTEDTalk, in your post and direct folks to ted.com/graduation to participate.

How to record your video(s)

  • Record with a plan. Think about what you’re going to say before you record. Write down notes to help you remember everything you want to say.
  • Be specific -- personal messages are more powerful than generic ones!
  • If you’re sharing your video on Twitter or Instagram, record it with your phone held horizontally.
  • Make sure you’re well-lit from the front (facing a window is a great way to get good lighting)!

Prompts for your message(s)

  • What words of wisdom do you wish you’d received at this time in your life?
  • What are you most proud of in your grad(s)?
  • What quotes, poems, or messages would you like to share with your grad(s)?
  • Share a time when you experienced a failure that turned out to change everything.
  • What is something you know now that you didn’t expect?
  • What is something you *still* don’t know that you thought you would be figured out by now?
  • Grads are often told to “follow their dreams.” What does that *actually* mean?

FAQs

What grade/age graduates does this initiative apply to?

This is an inclusive celebration of ALL graduates! Whether the graduating student is completing high/secondary school, middle/primary school, college/university or grad school, we want to honor every graduating student’s work and achievement!

Is there a final date to post the messages?

You can post any time leading up to a graduation or afterwards! TED-Ed will be supporting all graduations throughout 2020 around the globe, and you can continue to check out the messages collected at ted.com/graduation.

What language should messages be shared in?

Record your video in whatever language is most comfortable for you!