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Something to Say? Speak at Graduation

February 29, 2012
Category: Academics

May is fast approaching, and beyond looking ahead to one final Spring Break and planning for final projects, this year's soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to consider one final opportunity to leave their mark before leaving campus: Speak at graduation.

Every year, one student from the graduating class is selected to speak at the university-wide commencement ceremony, where they will speak for and address their fellow peers — this year, the whole of the Class of 2012.

Just one student is selected for this position, and anyone can apply for consideration as long as they will be graduating after the spring or summer semester of 2012 (or previously completed their courses after the fall 2011 semester).

To be considered, students must submit a complete draft of their original graduation speech as well as their resume to Jennifer Burt, SUU's director of communication. Speeches should be 6-8 minutes in length.

Submissions will be accepted now through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012. Email submissions to

In addition to the prestige of speaking at graduation and representing your fellow graduates, the student selected to speak at graduation on Friday, May 4, will receive a $300 speaker's stipend.

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Jennifer Burt