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Student Speaker Award

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  form, each prospective speaker must also submit a draft copy of his or her proposed speech and a list with two references (one must be from your major). Speeches should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.


The deadline for submitting the competition application materials is Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


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.

Student Speaker Award Application

UW Oshkosh Special Events Office  
(920) 424-3300

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