In order to select the student commencement speaker, the graduate school will solicit nominations from the graduating class. Students may self-nominate or they may be nominated by their peers or by graduate school faculty or staff. Once nominated, the student is asked to provide a one-to-two page draft of the commencement speech reflecting the graduate school’s vision and mission. Nominees will be asked to present their draft of the speech before a panel composed of representatives from the graduate school community (the final speech will be three-minutes in length). Following presentations, the panel will select a speaker based on the following three criteria:
- Recognized as an outstanding student, both in the classroom and in the larger community.
- Exemplary representative of the graduate student body.
- Excellent speaking ability with well-thought-out speech which encompasses both the education and the counseling programs from which graduates will be represented.
-Nominations due by Friday, January 27, 2017
-During the week of January 30th, nominees will be contacted by the commencement coordinator with details on submitting one-to-two page drafts of speeches (due Friday, February 10, 2017).
-Finalists selected and contacted during week of February 20, 2017, to schedule readings with selection committee. (The readings will occur the morning of Wednesday, March 1, 2017.)
-Once selected, the student speaker will work with Associate Dean Janet Bixby on developing the final draft of the 3-minute speech.
-The student speaker will join with the “platform party” (including President Glassner, Dean Fletcher, and Associate Dean Bixby) on commencement Sunday (June 4, 2017).