Student Speaker

graduation speaker with cap and gown behind a podium The 2019 Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony will include an address to the graduating class by a Fall 2019 candidate.

Auditions: The deadline to sign up to audition is Wednesday, October 30, 2019 via the Student Speaker Google form. A copy of your speech is due to graduate@hawaii.edu by Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

A selection committee comprised of representatives from the administration, faculty, staff, students, and the alumni association will select the winning speech.


Friday, November 1, 2019

4:30 p.m.

Bus Ad A101 Auditorium

If a speaker is not selected at the preliminary round, the top three speakers of the preliminary round will be asked to return on November 15th for a final round of auditions.

Eligibility: You must be a candidate for graduation (summer or fall). Students who must complete additional courses in Spring 2020 to graduate are not eligible to audition. You must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (as of August 2019).

Selection Criteria: The selection committee will select the Student Speaker following auditions. Visit the Selection Criteria page for criteria used to select our speaker.

Please contact the Commencement Coordinator at graduate@hawaii.edu for more information.