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Commencement speakers include students from the graduating class, faculty, staff and guests. As a student, you can share an inspiring message, a funny story or a simple congratulations by applying for class speaker.

Apply for the 2016 Midyear Student Commencement Speaker

Do you have something you want to say to your fellow graduates... be it an inspiring message, a funny story or a simple congratulations? We invite you to share your message at the midyear commencement as Graduating Class Speaker.

Applying to speak at commencement is simple. All you need to do is fill out the online application <visit online application here> and submit it with a draft of your proposed speech and two references. Next, a committee will review your draft and choose finalists to invite for an interview.

One class speaker will be chosen. The chosen class speaker will be paired with a professional speech coach to help them refine their speech and practice their presentation. There will also be a rehearsal before the event to help answer any questions and provide an opportunity for practice at Kolf before commencement day.

All applications are due by Friday, October 7th.


Guest Bios

Faculty and honorary doctorates address the graduates during every commencement ceremony. Learn more about this year's guest speakers.


Speaker Archive

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by reinecka — last modified Oct 04, 2016 08:17 AM

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