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The Student Speaker Competition allows students to compete for a chance to address classmates and the rest of the GW community at Commencement on the National Mall.
Undergraduates, graduates, on-campus and distance learning students from the graduating class are eligible to compete. Candidates must be in good academic standing with the university.
a biography (maximum 150 words)
text of the speech you would like to deliver at Commencement if you’re selected
video on YouTube or Vimeo of your speech (maximum length of three minutes)
Up to 5 finalists will be invited to audition in person or through Skype in front of the competition’s committee.
The committee will select the next student speaker after the auditions.
Apply to be this year's student speaker at Commencement
If you’re chosen as the student speaker, you will receive:
six Commencement tickets in the reserved seating section
a photo with the main Commencement speaker
invitations to special events during Commencement Weekend
commemorative Commencement photos
We invite you to audition for this unique GW tradition that has been around since 1992.
Angela Sako's speech touched on the theme of "welcoming" in challenges, uncertainty, new friends and growth.
U.S. Marine Captain Richard Ruiz, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduate student, spoke about the power of imagination.
A political communication major, Mr. Felder captured the bittersweet nature of graduating from college in his speech.
Alexander Zafran, a classical studies major, made use of his Latin roots in a stirring speech that underscored core GW values— leadership, service and education.
2018 Commencement Schedule
Alternate Site Plan