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 18, 2014.

This website has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the 2013-2014 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)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

4:30pm - 5:30pm

UC Dowd

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

4:30pm - 5:30pm

UC Dowd

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:30pm-5:30pm UC Dowd

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 3rd, 2014
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 12th - Friday, February 21st, 2014
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, March 3rd, 2014- after 2:00pm
Please pickup your decision letter in the Student Life Office, Morewood Gardens.

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

Monday, March 3rd - Commencement Day, 2014
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.

Download 2014 Application

For any questions or concerns related to the selection process, please contact Lucas Christain in the Student Life Office at 412- 268-2142.