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Student Speaker Application

About the Class Speaker Award

One graduating student will be selected to represent the graduating class at the December Commencement Ceremony. The speaker must be a member of the graduating class of January (December commencement) 2017 or August 2017. In addition to the completed application form (below), the prospective speaker must also submit a draft copy of his or her proposed speech and a list with two references. Speeches should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.


The deadline for submitting the competition application materials is Friday, October 13th.

Selection Process

The Graduation Awards Committee will review applications and select finalists for a brief interview. Finalists will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office.

Coaching & Rehearsal

The graduates selected as class speakers will work with a UW Oshkosh speech coach who will provide guidance on preparing and delivering the speeches. A brief rehearsal will be held prior to the ceremony to allow each speaker a final opportunity to practice his or her speech at the event venue.

Commencement Day

The graduating class speakers will be seated on the platform for the ceremony. They will also receive special seating passes for up to eight guests in the reserved section located at the front of Kolf Sports Center.

Application Instructions

  • submit this form

  • attach a draft of your proposed speech (Speeches should be nor more than five minutes in length)

  • attach references (minimum of two - one must be from your major)

The deadline for submission is Friday, October 13th.

This is the address to which we can send correspondence and materials before the ceremony.
This is the address to which we can send materials 8-10 weeks after the ceremony.
Graduation Information

Undergraduates please list your majors/minors. Graduate students please list your program and emphasis (if applicable).

(i.e. Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science in Education, etc.)
Please give a brief background of your campus and community involvement as well any awards or recognition you received while attending UW Oshkosh.
Upload a copy of your commencement speech.
Please attach a list of two or more references. One reference must be from your major. Please include the first and last names, phone numbers and relationships of your references.
by riesnj62 — last modified Sep 27, 2017 11:12 AM

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