Indiana University Student Commencement Speaker
Graduating seniors are invited to apply to be one of the Indiana University student Commencement speakers in May 2014. The student speakers will have a successful academic record and a history of participation in campus and/or community activities.
Undergraduate Commencement is held in two sessions, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 3:00 p.m. (schools are assigned to one or the other). The students who are selected will speak at the ceremony in which they are participating as graduates. The student Commencement speaker will give a 3-5 minutes speech in front of approximately 17,000 guests on Saturday May 10, 2014.
A selection committee with representation from the faculty, the staff, and the student body will review applications, interview a number of candidates, and determine finalists by early April.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply to be the student Commencement speaker?
Any student who is graduating in May 2014 or summer 2014, or who has already graduated in December 2013, and who has at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
When is the application due?
March 14, 2014 by 5pm.
Will someone help me with my speech if I am selected?
Yes, assistance with speech development and editing will be provided.
Will I get compensated as a speaker?
No, being a student speaker at Commencement is not a paid position.
How many students will be selected to speak at Commencement?
One per undergraduate ceremony, two total.
How long will the student speaker’s speech be?
3-5 minutes, approximately 500-750 words.
Will the student be the only speaker?
No. A featured speaker, to be selected by the president of the university, will give a full-length Commencement address.
If I am selected to be the student speaker, will I be able to sit with my friends?
No. The student speaker will be seated on the stage with other members of the platform party.
Previous Student Speakers
|Read the full news release from the IU News Room about 2013 student speakers Deanna Albrittin and Sonia Phadke.|
|Read the full news release from the IU News Room about 2012 student speakers Sunjay Gorawara and Lauren Sedam. Video of Sujay and Lauren's speeches are available for viewing below.|