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Academic Affairs

Commencement Student Speaker

Commencement Undergraduate Student Speaker

One graduating senior will give a brief (5-7 minute) speech at Commencement on Sunday, May 15. This speaker is selected by a Committee composed of faculty, staff, and Student Senate members.

Step 1: Apply by April 6

To apply to be the undergraduate student Commencement speaker, complete the form below and upload an outline of your speech no later than midnight on Wednesday, April 6.

Step 2: Audition on April 8

On Friday, April 8 between 3 and 6 p.m., applicants will audition by presenting their speech to the Selection Committee (Please indicate your audition time preferences on the form below).

The Committee will select the speaker. A faculty member from the Department of Communication & Media will help the selected student rehearse and improve their speech.

All applicants will be emailed their scheduled audition time and the location on April 7. Applicants are required to submit a full script of their completed speech before or at the time of their audition. Completed speeches should be emailed to Dr. Julie O’Reilly (

Preference for audition time on Friday, April 8 (please select your top three times)
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