George Mason University

Graduation Speaker Information

Could You Be the Student Speaker at This Year's Graduation?

Student speaks at the podium during George Mason University's 2017 commencement ceremony

Tamara Abdelsamad, Bachelor of Science in Global and Community Health, gives the student address to a capacity audience during the 2017 commencement ceremony in Eagle Bank Arena.

All prospective graduates are invited to compete for the Spring Commencement student speaker honor.


How to Apply:

  1. Compose an original script for a graduation speech that can be publicly performed within the allotted time frame: 5-7 minutes, no exceptions.
  2. Submit your speech to the University Events Office by the deadline: April 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM. 

Please include the following:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • College
  • Script of speech

All submissions are judged by an impartial panel including representation by members of the administration, faculty, staff and students.
Once preliminary selections are made, those chosen by the committee will be invited to orally present their speeches to the committee for final selection on Thursday, April 19th starting at 3:30 p.m.

The 2018 Commencement Speaker will be announced on Friday, April 20.

Coaching and opportunities to practice your speech in the EagleBank Arena will be provided to the selected student speaker.

Advice from past committees regarding the content of your speech: 

The goal is to share and describe your overall Mason experience and growth as a student and member of the university community.

We encourage you to:

  • discuss exciting facets of your campus life experience
  • focus on your graduating class and your experiences together with an eye toward your future
  • engage the graduating class and their guests as a whole