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Commencement: Student Speakers 

One speaker from the Senior Class and one speaker representing graduate students will be selected to speak at Commencement. Speeches must be no longer than three minutes. The speech given at Commencement must be the same as the one submitted for auditions.

Selection of the Senior Class Speaker

Speakers are selected by vote open to all seniors eligible to graduate by May 2014.

Seniors interested in giving the undergraduate speech at Commencement should send the text of their speech, which should be no longer than three minutes, to by Friday, April 4, 5:00 pm. The finalists will be contacted to give their speech during The Junior/Senior Celebration. All seniors in attendance for the speeches will be able to vote to select the undergraduate speaker.

Selection of the Graduate Speaker

Each year a student is selected to give a speech during the ceremony and all graduate students are encouraged to consider giving this talk. We are looking for a student who has something original and special to say to the graduating class.

Students are encouraged to nominate one of their fellow graduates, or self-nominate, and submit a speech to The deadline is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The speech must be typed, double-spaced, in Word format, and include name, student ID, degree program, and  telephone number. The speech should be no more than three minutes in length.

Transitions: THE event for all graduating seniors

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Seating Information
What to Wear
Disability Needs
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Private Parties on Campus

Contact Information

College Events
Mills Hall 117
P: 510.430.2100

Last Updated: 2/9/15