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Student Speaker Competition
The competition is now closed. Alexander Zafran was named the 2013 Commencement Student Speaker Competition winner. Thank you to all who participated!
Any student (undergraduate, graduate, on-campus, distance learning, etc.) who has completed or will complete graduation requirements after May 20, 2012 (i.e. students who earned their degrees in Fall 2012 or will earn their degree in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013) is eligible.
Good academic standing
Biography (150 words or less)
Video link (Youtube, vimeo, etc.) – speech three minutes in duration
Note: This video is an audition designed to evaluate the students’ speaking and presentation skills, so the speech in the video should be the speech that the student will give on the National Mall.
Text of your speech
Up to ten finalists will be asked to audition in person (or live Skype) their speeches to the Commencement Student Speaker Committee on April 5, 2013. The committee will select a winner shortly thereafter.
Six reserved seating Commencement tickets on the National Mall
Photo with Commencement speaker
Invitation to special events for self and two guests
Commemorative Commencement photo CD