Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs

Commencement Student Speaker

For the past twenty years, a senior has also given brief remarks at Commencement, as does a speaker from one of the graduate programs.

Event details

  • Commencement will be held Saturday, August 29, 11:00 a.m.

The speaking time is 5-7 minutes.

Application details

To apply to be the Commencement student speaker, complete the form below and upload an outline (not a complete script at this point) of your remarks by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 6.

As you prepare your speech, remember that your audience is not just fellow graduating students. Your audience includes family members, faculty, staff, administrators, members of the Board of Trustees, honored guests, and alumni. 

Applications and outlines will be reviewed, and a representative of the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, composed of faculty, administrators, and several members of Student Senate, will hear speeches via Zoom July 13-24. All Zoom sessions will be recorded and shared with the full Committee. The Committee will then select the speaker. A faculty member will help the selected student rehearse and improve their speech.

All applicants will be emailed to schedule their Zoom speaking time. Each applicant will then be required to email a full script of their completed speech prior to their scheduled Zoom appointment.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Julie O’Reilly at or Monica Verhoff at

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Contact Information

Monica Verhoff
Executive Assistant to the President, Provost & Board of Trustees

University Hall
Tiffin, OH 44883


Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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