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Class of 2014 Student Speaker Spot Open to All

February 24, 2014
Category: Commencement


Though many schools reserve the graduation student speaker position for one of two students among its graduating class — valedictorians and student body presidents — Southern Utah University wants to find the very best message to represent the graduating class by opening the opportunity to every one of this year's nearly 1,800 graduates.

All 2014 graduates are eligible to apply for the coveted position of student speaker at this year's University Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 2. If you've got something to share with your fellow graduates as you prepare to leave SUU, now's your chance.

Along with a public forum to make your final mark among your peers, the student speaker position comes with the added benefit of a $300 speaker's stipend for the student who is ultimately selected, a thank you for your time and efforts, and nice graduation bonus as you end your college years.

Email applications will be accepted through the week following Spring Break for those undergraduate and graduate students interested in representing the Class of 2014. To apply, email the following to burt@suu.edu before the 4:30 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, March 19:

  • A complete draft of your original graduation speech (8 minutes or less in length)
  • Your current resume (including your major and activities in which you were involved while a student at SUU)
  • Current contact information (email and phone).

All interested undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • You must qualify for an SUU degree after your completion of the fall 2013, spring 2014 or summer 2014 semesters.
  • You must plan to attend SUU’s University Commencement Ceremony in cap and gown on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the Centrum Arena.



Contact Information:
Jennifer Burt
435-586-1997
burt@suu.edu