George Mason University

Student Graduation Speaker

You Could Be the Next Mason Commencement Speaker 

All prospective graduates are invited to be considered for the spring 2019 Commencement student speaker honors.

Competition Rules and Requirements  
Entrant must be eligible to graduate in the May 17 ceremony.
Speech script must be original and no longer than seven minutes in length–no exceptions.
Speech script must be submitted with name, college, and email address of the candidate.
Submissions must be received by the Office of University Events on Tuesday, April 9, by noon.
All submissions are judged by an impartial panel of members of the university administration, faculty, staff, and students.


Submit your speech script HERE.


Some guidelines for submitting a competitive speech:

The competition is based on the content and the quality of the speech. The goal is to share and showcase your "Mason story" and how you describe your overall Mason experience and growth as a student and member of the university community.

We encourage you to: 

  • Discuss all 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.

Speeches should be suitable for a large, live audience. We will not consider speeches that are more than seven minutes long.

Once preliminary selections are made, those chosen will be invited to orally present their speeches to the committee for final selection. The selection process should be completed Friday, April 19. 

Coaching and opportunities to practice your speech in EagleBank Arena will be provided to the selectees.

Good luck, and congratulations on your upcoming graduation.