Student Speaker Competition

Members of the graduating Class of 2024 are invited to enter the Student Speaker Competition for the chance to address their classmates and other members of the GW community at the university-wide Commencement on the National Mall in May.

To enter the competition, please submit in the form below, by Sunday, February 25: 

  • A biography (maximum 150 words)
  • Text of the speech you would deliver at Commencement if you are selected
  • A Vimeo or Youtube link of you delivering your speech (maximum length of three minutes) 

Ten applicants’ videos will be judged by the GW community in an online public voting round. Up to five finalists will be invited to a live audition, in person or via Zoom, in front of a committee of judges from the GW community.

The Commencement student speaker will receive:

  •  Four seats in the reserved seating section at Commencement on the National Mall
  •  A photo with Commencement honorees and members of the university’s leadership

The deadline to submit materials has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 25.


Degree Level
To be considered as a finalist in the competition, University Events will ask for approvals from the Title IX Office, the Students Rights and Responsibilities Office, and any other offices it deems necessary.