Student Speaker – Application and Selection Process
Both an undergraduate and graduate student speaker will be selected to address the graduating class at Commencement. The speakers, who are selected through a competition held each semester, must be members of the graduating class they plan to address.
Those who wish to be considered for such a role must complete the "Student Commencement Speaker" application form. Forms for both undergraduates and graduate/professional students may be downloaded by choosing the link below:
In addition to the completed application form, each prospective speaker must also submit a copy of his or her three- to five-minute proposed speech.
Students may self-nominate or be nominated by their College Dean or faculty member.
The deadline for submitting spring 2016 application materials is Monday, March 28, 2016 by 11:59 pm. Please email all completed application materials as a single PDF file to Dr. Kyle Kaalberg, Office of the President. If you choose to include a letter of nomination, you may ask the nominator to email this directly to Kyle.
The Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee will review the applications and make recommendations of top candidates. Final selection will be made by the President’s Cabinet. Selection will be based on civic engagement, scholarly achievements, and awards. For more information on the process, please contact Kyle Kaalberg at 895-3201.