Student Commencement Speaker Competition

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    Undergraduate Ceremony

    May 14, 2016

    The UW-Whitewater Student Foundation coordinates the undergraduate student speaker competition. 

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    Application Requirements

    1. Along with the application sheet, include a one-paragraph answer to the following question: Why would you like the honor of addressing your class?
    2. A resume, which must list previous public speaking experiences, campus/community involvement and academic achievements and honors.
    3. The speech (about three minutes long). At some point, the speech should address the role of a comprehensive college education in fostering a socially responsible, critically thinking individual. You will be judged on the following criteria: relevance, originality, strength and clarity of message, and, if chosen to audition, fluent delivery.

    Competition Timeline

    March 3: Applications due by 5 p.m. to Sarah Wagner, Student Foundation president, at wagnerse05@uww.edu. Questions can be directed to that email as well.
    March 4: Finalists contacted to audition
    March 8: Auditions take place from 4-8 p.m.
    March 9: Selection made
    May 14: Commencement

    Master's Degree Ceremony

    May 14, 2016

    The Graduate Commencement Committee coordinates the graduate student speaker competition.

    Application Requirements

    1. Applicant information, including name, graduate program, phone number, campus email, dates/times available for meeting (during weeks of Feb. 22 and Feb. 29)
    2. Brief autobiographical sketch: Please provide background information that helps us know who you are, your personal and academic history, and your hopes and dreams for the future. Please write whatever details feel comfortable and relevant.
    3. Copy of your remarks: Please prepare and attach an outline of a 5 to 7 minute speech that you would like to give on your graduation day. While we understand that this is a draft (and the final speech will be refined between now and then), we ask you to construct the messages that you believe are most important for you to share on that day. 

    Competition Timeline

    Applications due to Tracey Scherr, graduate ceremony chair, by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at scherrt@uww.edu. Questions should be directed to that email address as well.
    The Graduate Commencement Committee will review all applications and invite up to three applicants to present their speeches for committee members sometime in February. All applicants will be notified prior to spring break about the status of their applications.

    Student Commencement Speaker Competition

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