Apply to Be a Student Speaker

You could be this year’s student speaker

Graduating seniors who have something to say can say it before an audience of thousands of graduates and their families at Undergraduate and Winter Commencement. The tradition of a student speaker is as old as Commencement itself.

To apply you must:

  • Be a senior graduating in the current term
  • Have a successful academic record
  • Be an involved member of the campus community
  • Your speech will be about 3-5 minutes long, or about 500-750 words. If chosen, you’ll get help with editing and rehearsing. You’ll be seated onstage during Commencement.

There is only one student speaker at Undergraduate Commencement

We're all multifaceted and unbounded by any definition or title that could possibly be assigned to us. So let yourself be guided by the desire to know.

Gayatri Thiru, Student Speaker, IU Bloomington Undergraduate Commencement 2023