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Student Speakers for Commencement

The Commencement Student Speaker Committee invites all undergraduate and graduate students eligible for graduation in December 2015 to apply to deliver the "Reflections" at the Commencement ceremonies on December 19, 2015.

Guidelines for submission of manuscripts are as follows:

  • When read at a normal speaking rate, the "Reflections" can be no longer than four minutes.
  • Manuscripts must be clearly typed and double-spaced.
  • No two-person, shared manuscripts will be considered.
  • Name, current address, telephone number, email address and college should be included on the cover page only.
  • Deadline for submission of manuscripts is Friday, November 27th at 4 p.m.

Deadline extended to Friday, December 4th at 4pm


Manuscripts should be emailed to Debra Lang (

Judging of the manuscripts will be based on the following criteria:

  • Development of a central theme
  • Relevance to all listeners and to the commencement occasion
  • Originality of ideas
  • Appropriateness of language and style

The Commencement Committee will select manuscripts to be presented orally before a second screening committee. The oral competition will take place on December 7th in the Ho Chunk Room (320E) in Davies at 3pm.  Results will be e-mailed to all participants within a week of the competition.

Unless the committee has made recommendations for change, the "Reflections" speech will be given at the Commencement ceremony as it was written and presented to the final selection committee.