Commencement Speakers

Student Commencement Speaker Opportunity

You can apply to be the voice of your graduating class. One student speaker will address approximately 34,000 attendees at the IU Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement ceremony held in May. Student speakers have a successful academic record with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a history of participation in campus and community activities.

If you are graduating in May or August, or graduated in the preceding December, you are invited to apply. Applications for 2021 Student Commencement Speaker are due March 10, 2021.

Please use this form to submit your application. Application materials include: 

  • Two essay questions (see form)
  • CV or resume
  • Transcripts
  • Draft or outline of speech
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from IU faculty

Recommendation letters can be submitted in two ways. Students may upload letters of recommendation to their application or students may share this separate form with recommenders to submit letters on the student's behalf.

A selection committee with representation from the faculty, staff, and student body will review applications, interview a number of candidates, and determine finalists.

The selected speaker will be seated on stage with the other members of the platform party during the IU Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement ceremony and will give a 3-5 minute speech (approximately 500-750 words). IU will provide assistance with speech development and editing. 

For questions about the submission process, please contact vpue@indiana.edu.