Student Speaker Application

Continuing with University tradition, all Commencement ceremonies will feature a Student Speaker. At each ceremony, the selected speaker will deliver a 3-5 minute address to the Class of 2020.

Applications for May 2020 Student Speakers will be available online starting March 1st. The deadline to submit an application is March 27th @ 5 PM. Interviews for finalists will be held on April 1st & 2nd. 



  1. Applicant must be receiving a degree from the University of Kentucky at a May Commencement ceremony. 
  2. Applicant must have contributed to the University through campus and/or community activities and/or through their chosen field of study
  3. Applicant must show evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability and be willing to present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

Application Materials

  1. Resume that includes activities, work experience, and accomplishments achieved during your study at the University of Kentucky 
  2. Summary of no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages of your proposed speech
  3. Completed online application

Documents are required to be submitted in .pdf format with the applicant's first and last name. 


Should you have questions concerning the application process, please contact Jessica Waters and she will be happy to assist you.