Application Materials

Those who wish to be considered for such a role must complete the "Student Commencement Speaker" application form. Forms for both undergraduate and graduate 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-minute proposed speech.

Students may self-nominate or be nominated by their College Dean or faculty member.


The deadline for submitting applications for the Fall 2023 Commencement ceremony is Monday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. Please email all completed application materials as a single file (Word or PDF) to Ryder Hankins, Office of the President. If you choose to include a letter of nomination, you may ask the nominator to email this directly to

Selection Process

A student speaker will be selected to address the graduating class at Commencement. The speaker, who is selected through a competition held each semester, must be a member of the graduating class they plan to address.