Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Indiana University Student Commencement Speaker


Graduating seniors are invited to apply to be the Indiana University student Commencement speaker in May 2016.  The student speakers will have a successful academic record and a history of participation in campus and/or community activities.
Undergraduate Commencement is held at 10:00 a.m. The student Commencement speaker will give a 3-5 minutes speech in front of approximately 34,000 guests on Saturday May 7, 2016.
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.

To apply to be the student Commencement speaker download and complete the application packet and send it to by 5pm on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to be the student Commencement speaker?
Any student who is graduating in May 2016 or summer 2016, or who has already graduated in December 2015, and who has at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

When is the application due?
March 11, 2016 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?

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

Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Maxwell Hall 100 | 750 E. Kirkwood Ave. | Bloomington, IN 47405 | Phone: (812) 855-8783