DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Want to be a student speaker at commencement?
By Jessica Peterson /
February 13, 2023 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
In just a few months, thousands of students will cross the commencement stage at Wintrust Arena to become DePaul alumni. But only one graduating student at each commencement ceremony will step up to the microphone. Will you be your college’s student commencement speaker?
If you’re interested in speaking, students graduating in June have until
12 p.m. on Friday, March 31 to submit an application to become a speaker at their commencement ceremony. Serving as a student speaker is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to convey a message of inspiration and encouragement, share common experiences and insights, and inspire your fellow graduates to carry the DePaul tradition out into the world.
Graduating students interested in delivering the commencement address must meet these criteria:
The address should be between three and five minutes long. Other guidelines are listed on the
DePaul commencement website. After applications close, a selection committee comprised of representatives from each college and the Student Government Association will review entries and select a student speaker for each ceremony. Applicants will be contacted by April 12.
As a reminder, students should order their regalia from Herff Jones. The deadline to order a cap and gown is Wednesday, April 26.
commencement webpage for more information on all things commencement, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Jessica Peterson is director of internal communications.