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Student Speaker – Fall 2023

2023 Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Stan Sheriff Center

The 2023 Mid-Year Commencement Exercise will include an address to the graduating class by a Summer or Fall 2023 candidate.


The deadline to sign up to audition is Wednesday, November 1 via the Student Speaker Google Form. A copy of your speech is due to by Thursday, November 2 at 11:59 p.m. Auditions will be held on Friday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall 105.

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

If a speaker is not selected in the first round, then the top three speakers of the first round will be asked to return for a final round of auditions.


You must be a candidate for fall 2023 graduation or completed your degree in summer 2023. Students who must complete additional courses in Spring 2024 to graduate are not eligible to audition. You must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (as of August 2023).

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 Team at for more information.