Student Speaker

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Continuing with University tradition, all May Commencement Ceremonies will feature a student speaker. At each ceremony, the selected speaker will deliver a 3-5 minute address to the Class of 2018. The student speaker application for May 2018 is now closed.


1. The applicant must be receiving a degree from the University of Kentucky at a May Commencement ceremony. May 2018 and August 2018 graduates are eligible to apply.

2. The applicant must have contributed to the University through campus and/or community activities and/or through their chosen field of study.

3. The applicant must show evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability and be willing to present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee.


Applications Must Include the Following

1. A resume or other typed list of activities, work experience, and accomplishments achieved during your study at the University of Kentucky that illustrate your contributions to the University. A summary of speaking ability and/or experience may also be included.

2. A summary of no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages of your proposed speech.

3. Completed online application.

4. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.


When submitting documents, please be sure to include your full name in the file name when you upload your documents. Should you have any questions about the process for applying to be the Commencement Speaker, please contact Lydia McManus and she will be happy to assist you.