Student Commencement Speaker
Student Commencement Speaker
The Student Commencement Speaker offers an address during the fall and spring Commencement Ceremonies and serves as the representatives of the graduating class. Providing the student address during this important university event is an opportunity for the selected student to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class, reflect upon the past few years, and convey a message for the future. Along with notable members of the UAA and UA community, as well as other important Alaskan representatives, the Student Commencement Speaker will participate in pre-commencement activities and be seated on the main stage during the program.
*New for 2017-2018* - We will also be selecting a Graduate Student to speak at the Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony.
Fall 2017 Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017
The Student Commencement Speaker and the Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony Speaker both offer will offer an address during respective ceremonies in December and serve as the representatives of the Fall graduating class.
Providing the student addresses during these important University events is an opportunity for the selected students to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class, reflect upon the past few years, and convey a message for the future. As the representatives of the graduating class, the speakers are expected to have made significant contributions to the campus and Anchorage community and have achieved academic success. Along with notable members of the UAA and UA community, as well as other important Alaskan representatives, the speaker(s) will participate as requested in pre-Commencement activities and be seated on the main stage during the program.
- Applicants must be graduating in the semester (fall or spring) of application (fall graduates apply in the fall deadline; spring/summer graduates apply in the spring deadline)
- Enrolled in at least three (3) credits at the University of Alaska Anchorage and in good disciplinary standing
- Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of application
- Completed application
The Student Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee is appointed by the Vice Chancellor and composed of two faculty members and three graduating students not applying for the honor. The Advisory Committee reviews applicants on the merit of their involvement at UAA and the Anchorage commmunity, quality and relevance of their proposed commencement speech, and academic excellence. Finalists will interview with and deliver their commencement speech to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee's recommendation is submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for final approval. Graduate and undergraduate student speakers are selected.
Creating a Commencement Address
The Student Commencement Speaker has the privilege of addressing all UAA students from those receiving certificates to those receiving masters degrees. While there are many people in attendance at the ceremony the goal of the student speaker is to represent and speak to their fellow students.
The Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony Speaker will address their fellow graduate students at a special ceremony that focuses on master's and doctoral degree candidates, as well as their accomplishments.
When creating the speech, it is important to reflect somewhat on UAA student experiences, but the speech is not only about retrospection and the experiences students had while at UAA. The speech should also look forward and provide some sense of the future, some sense of inspiration. Finally, commencement is a day for celebration. It is important to infuse the speech with sense of accomplishment and pride.
For ideas on how to create your commencement address we recommend the following:
USA Today: 8 Keys to a Graduation Speech with Pomp and Significance
USA Today: 10 Stellar Commencement Addresses
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Fall 2017: Friday, October 13, 2017
Spring 2018: Friday, February 9, 2018