Commencement

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 2019 Student Commencement Speaker are due March 8, 2019.

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. 

Apply to be the 2019 Student Commencement Speaker

Please submit your application and supporting materials by Friday, March 8. For questions about the submission process, please contact vpue@indiana.edu.

Download the application