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Student Speaker Award


About the Class Speaker Award

Class speakers will be selected for the commencement ceremony.  Both undergraduate and graduate candidates from any college are invited to apply.

Application Materials

Those who wish to be considered for this prestigious role must complete the Commencement Speaker application form (below). In addition to the completed application form, each prospective speaker must also submit a draft copy of his or her proposed speech and a list with two references. Speeches should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.


The deadline for submitting the competition application materials is Friday, October 18, 2019.

Selection Process

The Graduation Awards Committee will review applications and select finalists for a brief interview. Finalists will be contacted by the Provost’s Office.

Coaching and Rehearsal

The graduate selected as class speaker will work with a UW Oshkosh speech coach who will provide guidance on preparing and delivering the speeches. A brief rehearsal will be held prior to the ceremony to allow the speaker a final opportunity to practice their speech at the event venue.

Commencement Day

The graduating class speaker will be seated on the platform for the ceremony. They will also receive special seating passes for up to eight guests in the reserved section located at the front of Kolf Sports Center.

Application Instructions

  • submit this form
  • attach a draft of your proposed speech (Speeches should be no more than five minutes in length)
  • attach references (minimum of two – one must be from your major)

Student Speaker Application

Class speaker award given to one graduating student to represent the graduating class.
  • This is the address to which we can send correspondence and materials before the ceremony.
  • This is the address to which we can send commemorative photos 8-10 weeks after the ceremony.
  • City, State, Country
  • Undergraduates please list your major/minors. Graduate students please list your program and emphasis (if applicable).
  • (i.e. Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science in Education, etc.)
  • Please give a brief background of your campus and community involvement as well as any awards or recognition you received while attending UW Oshkosh.
  • Please upload a copy of your commencement speech.
  • Please attach a list of two or more references. One reference must be from your major. Please include the first and last names, phone numbers and relationships of your references.

UW Oshkosh Special Events Office  
(920) 424-3300

Culver Family Welcome Center
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901