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