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Student Speaker Award

The Student Speaker Award is given to one master’s student and one bachelor’s student from each annual graduating class. The selected candidates are extended the opportunity to deliver the student honor’s address at their respective graduation ceremony.

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate (bachelor's and master's level) with a 3.75 GPA
  • Graduate of the current graduating class (August 1, 2019 - June 1, 2020) who has submitted the graduation application
  • Well-spoken and able to capture the celebration of this capstone event within the time allowed (3 minutes)

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee’s work.

Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2020. Submit a nomination.

If you have questions about an award, please contact

Required Documentation

Submit the Student Speaker Award application form along with the following:

  • a biography (maximum 150 words)
  • a professional resume
  • letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor
  • text of the speech you would like to deliver at Commencement if you’re selected
  • video on YouTube or Vimeo of your speech (maximum length of three minutes)

All materials are to be submitted in one complete application. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Selection Process

  • Submissions are reviewed by the University Awards Committee.
  • Up to 3 finalists for each ceremony will be selected and may be contacted by the committee for follow-up questions.
  • The committee will select the graduate and undergraduate student speakers.
  • If selected, a final draft of your speech must be approved by the University Events team, who may provide edits for content and time.

Contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions about collecting supporting documentation during the nomination process.