Student Speaker Competition

"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.
 

Eligibility

  • 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.
 

Process

  • 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 commencement@gwu.edu or
202-994-7129.