Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Are you interested in becoming this year’s Undergraduate Commencement Speaker?
We are now accepting applications from any senior in good academic and conduct standing. If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete the online application and include a digital version of your 5 minute speech.
Speeches are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020
After reviewing the speeches, the selection committee (comprised of Brandeis students, faculty and staff) will choose approximately ten candidates and place their speeches on our website for voting. Voting will take place for members of the senior class from noon on Sunday, April 5th through noon on Wednesday, April 8th. The top five candidates will present their speeches to the selection committee in April.
Helpful Notes (Guidelines):
- Your speech should be no more than 5 minute
- Writing a speech is like writing, and telling a story
- Hook us into your story and give us a beginning, middle, and end
- Your speech should reflect your Brandeis journey, lessons, and experiences that will be carried throughout life
- Remember that writing a speech to be given is different from writing a speech to be read
- The audience includes honorary degree recipients, faculty, staff, parents, friends, relatives, graduate students, your peers, etc. Speaking to your classmates is fine, but too many inside jokes or information might lose the rest of the audience
- Read the speech out loud. If you fumble over transitions, change them, no matter how brilliantly written they are
- Punctuation is your friend. It helps you breathe and transition within the speech
- A speech cannot be overly complicated, especially in a large hall
- Be careful about being personal. Too many ‘I’s” will leave the rest of us out
- Keep in mind that someone else is giving the official commencement address. You are giving the student commencement address
- Commencement is a celebration.