Nominations now open for 2018 Graduate Division commencement student speaker competition

By Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Friday, March 09, 2018 9:32 AM

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Graduate Division Commencement Student Speaker. Graduate students who receive their degree/credential or are expected to between Summer 2017 and end of Fall 2018 are eligible to apply. Students can be nominated by a faculty member, staff, student, or themselves.

Selection of finalists is based on a submitted:

  • Application Form and Checklist
  • Statement of Interest articulating why you would like to be the student speaker and what you would like to talk about in your address. The statement should include: what qualities you possess that make you a strong candidate to be the Commencement speaker (describe any previous experience addressing large audiences); describe experiences serving the University or larger community; overcoming economic and/or social disadvantage(s) in pursuing your academic objectives; and/or securing academic honors or awards indicative of your commitment to academic excellence. Also, describe your current or future employment plans
  • At least one faculty letter of support that addresses your ability to serve as the student speaker at the Graduate Division 2018 Commencement ceremony. The faculty letter must be sent or emailed directly from the faculty member to Robert Hamm, Graduate Division
  • Biographical sketch of 100 words
  • CV

All materials must be submitted to: 

Robert Hamm, via email
or sent to:
Graduate Division
Attn: Robert Hamm
3117 Cheadle Hall, MC: 2070 

The deadline to submit a completed application is Monday, April 2, 2018. More information and the application checklist can be found here.