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 2016. 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 7th.
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.
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.
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 7th.