May 17-18, 2019

Be a Speaker

Call for Graduate Commencement Speaker Submissions

Graduate Commencement Speaker

All Graduate students are eligible to compete for the position of Graduate Commencement Speaker. The role of the graduate speaker is to represent the graduating class and to carry the message of the class to the graduation audience (families, friends, faculty, and staff of CLU).

The following guidelines may be used to write and submit a graduation speech:

  • Speeches should be no longer than 5  minutes when read aloud
  • Speeches can blend personal perspective with the significance of the moment
  • Speeches can focus on one or more of the following: honoring the occasion; lessons learned as a CLU graduate student; expressing joy and gratitude; inspiring graduates to continue fulfilling their purpose in life.
  • Be yourself. The speech is professional but can include personal reflections, wit, and humor.

 Please complete the submission form below by March 7th. Judges selected from various graduate programs will independently and anonymously review written submissions and select finalists to move forward for video auditions. If you have any questions, please contact: Mel Spence at or Gail Uellendahl 

Submit your speech