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Apply for Graduation Speaker by March 19

Brittany Garza

The search begins for the next spirited student commencement speaker to speak at graduation on May 17. The Office of Student Affairs will accept applications for student commencement speaker until 5 p.m. on March 19.

Serving as commencement speaker is a unique opportunity for a student to share his or her collegiate experience and leave their mark on the University of St. Thomas. The speaker will address the graduating class, parents, University faculty and staff, and special guests by giving a short speech during the commencement ceremonies.

All undergraduate and graduate students who either graduated in December 2013 or will graduate in May or August 2014 are welcome to apply. Qualified applications will have already met the Office of the Registrar’s prerequisite to file to graduate by the deadline.

A formal invitation has been extended to qualifying graduates by the Vice President for Student Affairs.  All interested students should prepare a five-minute speech, and submit the following information:

  • Full Name
  • A Draft of the Five-Minute Speech (Double-Spaced)
  • Major
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Home Mailing Address
  • Resume (Including Activities and UST Honors)

Students may submit hard copy applications to the Office of Student Affairs, on the second floor of Crooker Center, in a sealed envelope and addressed to the 2014 Commencement Student Speaker Search Committee. Applicants may also e-mail application materials to with the subject line “2014 Commencement Student Speaker.”

The Commencement Student Speaker Search committee will conduct an initial screening and then interview finalists starting the week of March 24. The Committee expects to select a speaker and an alternate by early April. Please be aware that due to the time required for the selection process, March 19th must be a firm deadline.  For more information, contact Student Affairs at 713-525-3570.

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