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Student Speaker Application

About the Class Speaker Award

Two graduating students will be chosen to represent the graduating class at the May Commencement ceremony. The speakers must be members of the graduating class of June (May commencement) or August 2018. One speaker will be chosen from the College of Letters & Science or the Center for New Learning for the morning ceremony. A second speaker will be chosen from the College of Business, College of Education & Human Services or College Nursing for the afternoon ceremony. Both undergraduate and graduate candidates are invited to apply.

Application Materials

Those who wish to be considered for this prestigious role must complete the Commencement Speaker application form (below).

In addition to the completed application form, each 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 March 7, 2018.

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 no more than five minutes in length)

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

Student Information

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 linnm37 — last modified Mar 02, 2018 02:27 PM

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