Student Speaker Competition

2015 Commencement Student Speaker Announced!

"101 Things to Do at GW"
101: Graduate in the city of presidents and now...
102: Speak at Commencement on the National Mall
The Commencement student speaker will provide reflections that resonate with graduates of all levels and speak about experiences of students at GW. A Commencement student speaker has participated at every ceremony since 1992. 
We invite you to audition for this unique, "only at GW", tradition.


  • Any student who has completed, or will complete, graduation requirements after May 19, 2014, is eligible. This includes undergraduates, graduates, on-campus, and distance learning students who earned their degrees in summer or fall 2014 or will earn their degrees in spring or summer 2015.
  • Candidates must be in good academic standing with the university.


  • Materials listed below were due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. Registration is now closed. Thank you for submitting your information. 
    • Biography (up to 150 words)
    • Text of the speech you plan to deliver at Commencement if selected.
    • Video of your speech up to 3 minutes in length. Please provide a link via YouTube, Vimeo, etc. The video is an audition designed to evaluate your speaking and presentation skills.
  • We will invite up to ten finalists to audition in person, or via Skype, in front of the Commencement student speaker committee on Friday, April 10, 2015. The committee will select a winner shortly thereafter.

The Commencement student speaker receives:

  • Six tickets for the reserved seating section at Commencement
  • A photo with the Commencement speaker
  • Invitations to special events during Commencement Weekend
  • Commemorative Commencement photos
If you have any questions, please contact University Events at or 202-994-7129.

Past Commencement Student Speakers

Gabriel Felder - 2014

Alexander Zafran - 2013