The 2022 Bachelor’s Commencement Ceremony student speaker.

Make your mark on Georgia Tech's history by addressing your fellow classmates at your upcoming Commencement Ceremony!

One student is selected for each ceremony to present an inspirational speech of two to three minutes before their classmates and guests.

For more information, visit Georgia Tech's Commencement website or contact Debbie Dorsey, in the Student Life office at 404.385.1562 or debbie.dorsey@studentlife.gatech.edu.

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FAQs

How many speakers will be chosen?

One speaker will be selected for each of Commencement ceremonies.

  • Ph.D. Ceremony - Friday, December 16 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Masters Ceremony - Friday, December 16 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Bachelor's Ceremony - Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Are there certain requirements I must meet to be considered?

Yes, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate in the ceremony
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Grant permission to verify academic standing
  • Have a history of participation in campus and/or community activities
  • Acknowledge the speech submitted is your own work and that you have adhered to the Student Honor Code in the creation of this speech

What are the applications requirements?

  • You must summit your draft speech and video.
  • Be sure to select the correct ceremony when submitting.
  • Speech should be between 2-3 minutes in length (you will be timed!)
  • Speech should be secular in tone, provide inspiration to the graduates, and recount times spent together at Georgia Tech.
  • Speech should also be relatable to and appropriate for the entire audience including parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Applicants must feel comfortable speaking at a podium and in front of a very large crowd.
  • Applications must be received by the deadline.

What should my speech be about?

  • A virtual info session to learn more about writing your speech, do's and don'ts, etc. will be held Wednesday, October 12 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. RSVP to debbie.dorsey@studentlife.gatech.edu for the link!
  • As you polish your speech please keep in mind you are talking to your peers and their families and guests, so a positive and inspiring presentation is hopefully how you would like to be remembered. 
  • Try to avoid writing your speech entirely about yourself.  The committee will be looking for a speech with a little humor, some relation to GT (of course), and your/students time spent here, with an inspiring message/story to take forward for all!
  • Stage presence is important as well.  You don’t have to memorize your speech; however, you also shouldn’t read it word for word! 
  • Be mindful that if chosen to speak at commencement, you will be expected to deliver the speech you presented to the selection committee and rehearsed with the Clough Communications staff.

How will my application be reviewed?

The Commencement Speaker selection committee reviews and scores all applications to narrow down the finalists.  This committee is comprised of Students, Faculty, and Staff. The finalists for the commencement speaker will be contacted via email to schedule an audition, which will take place November 15th (location and time TBD).

How will finalists audition?

  • Finalists will be notified of their specific audition time (within this 2-hour block of time) You will either give your speech to the selection committee at a podium in the front of the room or virtually. 
  • All auditions will be held on the same day.  If you are selected as a finalist, but unavailable to participate in person or by a virtual audition the video submitted when you applied will be used in your absence.  
  • The final speaker for each of the three ceremonies will be selected at the end of the auditions and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the audition.

If selected, will there be assistance to help me with my speech?

Yes, the individuals selected for each ceremony as the Student Reflection Speaker will work with staff in the Naugle Communication Center in the Clough Commons to rehearse and finalize their speech. The dates and times for practice will be scheduled once the individuals are selected.

If chosen, when will I speak during the ceremony? Will I be able to join my classmates during the ceremony?

The student reflections speaker will speak at the beginning of the ceremony and then will rejoin his/her/their classmates.