Student Commencement Speaker Process Overview and Timeline-Student Life - Carnegie Mellon University

Student Commencement Speaker Process Overview and Timeline

Perhaps the ultimate capstone event to your Carnegie Mellon experience is being selected the Commencement student speaker.  It is a unique opportunity to send off your classmates with your insights, represent the class to the community and infuse the ceremony with the student voice. It is an opportunity to reflect upon and share your experiences and the learning that took place while you studied at Carnegie Mellon.  This year, the commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

This website has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the 2015-2016 student commencement speaker selection process. The process itself consists of several phases. Please read below in order to make an informed decision about submitting an application.

Phase I: Information Sessions (optional)

Monday, January 11th

4:30pm - 5:30pm

CUC Dowd

Tuesday, January 19th

11:30am - 12:30pm

CUC Dowd

Wednesday, January 27th 11:30am - 12:30pm Student Life Conference Room

These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about and ask relevant questions concerning the student commencement speaker selection process.

Phase II: Written Application Materials

Due Monday, February 1st, 2016 @ 5pm
The written application is comprised of the candidate information section as well as responses to the four common questions, a draft of your speech and recommendation letter.

Phase III: Interviews

Wednesday, February 10th - Friday, February 19th, 2016
After submitting your application, you will be invited to interview with the selection committee. During this interview you will be videotaped giving your draft speech.

Phase IV: Selection

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Please pickup your decision letter in the Student Life Suite, Morewood Gardens.

Phase V: Commencement Speaker Practice Sessions (selected student only)

During this period, you will be working with a ‘commencement coach' to prepare and finalize your commencement speech which is designed to be approximately 6-9 minutes in length.

CLICK HERE for the Student Commencement Speaker Application (.pdf)

For any questions or concerns related to the selection process, please contact Michaela Page at or in the Student Life Suite at 412- 268-2142.