Graduate Student Speaker Nomination


Graduate Ceremony Student Speaker Nomination

Apply for the opportunity to give a 5-minute presentation at the commencement ceremony, following the keynote address.

Selection Process 2016



Feb 22

Nominees send answers via email to

   1.  How is achieving your graduate degree helping you accomplish
        your life goals? (100 words max)
   2. What are the three key points you would like to convey in a talk
        at the ceremony? (50 words max)

Mar 3

Review team invites top ten applicants to submit online video

Mar 16

Nominees submit 90-second video of sample presentation to
Angela Ruff

Mar 21

Review team presents top three applicants to
Academic Vice President (AVP)

Mar 28

AVP selects student speaker

Apr 11

Student speaker submits draft script to Angela Ruff

Apr 18

AVP edits or approves script

Apr 22

Student speaker presentation coaching begins; individual rehearsal scheduled

May 6

Rehearsal - live presentation/practice of speech in McCarthey

May 7

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Angela Ruff
Special Projects Manager