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 period for Spring/Summer 2020 Student Speaker: September 28, 2020 - October 23, 2020

Criteria for eligibility:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Graduated and completed Bachelor's degree requirements in the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters
  3. Must be in good standing with the University. All applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students and respective school or college Dean’s office for approval of consideration.
  4. Student speaker must be present at the in-person commencement ceremony in December and submit the RSVP form.

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 box.miami.edu
  3. Current Resume and 3 references

Finalists will be contacted for interviews.

Questions? Call the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824 or write us at commencement@miami.edu

Graduate Student Speaker

Application period for Spring/Summer 2020 Student Speaker: September 28, 2020 - October 23, 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Graduated and completed Master's or Doctoral degree requirements in the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters (does not include Law or M.D. students)
  3. Must be in good standing with the University
  4. Student speaker must be present at the in-person commencement ceremony in December and submit the RSVP form.

Application Process:

The online application includes:

  1. Current CV/Resume
  2. Video: Record yourself giving your intended commencement speech and include the URL to share the file on box.miami.edu (5 min. max.)
  3. Transcript of proposed speech
  4. Contact information for two UM faculty or staff who can serve as references (do not submit letters) 

Selection Process:

Finalists will be contacted for interviews. The speaker will be chosen by a selection committee, composed of Graduate School leadership and representatives from the Graduate Student Association.

To apply visit the Graduate School website