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Student Speaker Competition
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 20, 2013, is eligible. This includes undergraduates, graduates, on-campus, and distance learning students who earned their degrees in summer or fall 2013 or will earn their degrees in spring or summer 2014.
Candidates must be in good academic standing with the university.
Click here to submit the following required materials by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5:
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 4. 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
The deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.
If you have any questions, please contact University Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or