It wasn't a rousing ceremony, and if we had a speaker, he or she was unremarkable. Remembering the guy who finished first in the class, I'd be surprised if he gave valedictory address because he was very shy. One thing that stood out, however, is that when you went up to get your diploma, they actually handed you a small scroll, tied with a blue ribbon, but if you unrolled it, I think it was blank. The point is, once the ceremony ended, you had to exchange your cap and gown for your diploma (and your final report card). No return, no diploma. No throwing hats, either.