Saint Xavier University Commencement

Commencement

Student Commencement Speaker

Student Speaker Guidelines for May 2017 Commencement

Student Commencement Speaker - Application Deadline Extended to February 13!

Saint Xavier University invites students -- undergraduate and graduate -- to apply to be a commencement speaker. It is a distinguished honor for a student to be selected to present a commencement speech; one that may be included on a resume.

Three students will be selected, one for each of the May 2017 ceremonies as follows:

Graduating students interested in delivering a student commencement speech must meet these guidelines:

Speeches should address the following:

The speech should:

A committee of faculty, staff and students will select the student speakers.

The committee utilizes the following rubric as an evaluative tool for each speech and speech presentation:

Speech Content

The Student's Speech Poor Average Very Good Excellent
Thoughtfully reflects on how his/her personal experiences at SXU have shaped his/her journey        
Uses specific examples as well as effective language to illustrate his/her message        
Appeals to a broad audience of graduates, guests, and SXU community members        

Speech Delivery

The Student Poor Average Very Good Excellent
Effectively engages the audience and holds its attention        
Uses appropriate pronunciation, volume, and inflection        
Maintains eye contact throughout the presentation        
Displays appropriate self-confidence and comfort speaking before an audience        

How to Apply

The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Questions about the student speaker selection process may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in the Warde Academic Center, Room L-208, or contact studentaffairs@sxu.edu or 773-298-3123.

Note: Student-speaker semifinalists will be required to present their speeches to the committee prior to the final selection. Selected finalists will be mentored prior to the delivery of the speech at the commencement ceremony.