Student Speaker Application Details

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Do you have something to say to your fellow graduates?

Commencement student speakers are only featured in the spring/summer commencement ceremonies. One speaker is featured at each undergradaute, graduate, law, and medical ceremony.

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Application opens on March 1, 2022 and closes on March 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Criteria for eligibility:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0

  2. Applied to graduate in CaneLink for Spring or Summer 2021 graduation by the March 16th deadline and selected "Yes" for participation in commencement.  Student speaker must be present at the in-person commencement ceremony in May.

  3. Must be in good standing with the University. All applications will be reviewed by school/college administrators and the Dean of Students Office for eligibility. Students who are currently on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to apply. 

    • Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation (academic or behavioral misconduct) while at the University of Miami that resulted in disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.
    • If you answered yes to the question above, please give the approximate date of each incident and explain the circumstances.

Application Process:

The online application includes:

  1. Essay: "Senior Reflections" (500 word count limit)

  2. Video: Record yourself giving your intended commencement speech and include the URL to share the file on

  3. Current Resume and 3 references

Finalists will be contacted for interviews.

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Questions? Call the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824 or write us at

Graduate Student Speaker

The graduate student speaker appliation will open on March 1 and close on March 25. Click here to view eligibility requirements and to submit the application.