Apply to Be a Student Speaker

To apply to speak at Spring Graduate Commencement, you must:

  • Be a graduate student (master's, doctoral, specialist, or artist) 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.

 Contact the Indiana University Graduate School Bloomington at to indicate your interest.

I learned from individuals who believed in me even more than I believed in myself. Without any doubt, our mentors have been the strongest advocates, and without them, standing here today would not have been possible.

Muna Adem, Student Speaker, IU Bloomington Graduate Commencement 2023
*Banner image: Gayatri Thiru, 2023 Undergraduate Commencement student speaker