Apply to be ERC's 2018 Commencement Speaker!

Each year graduating ERC Students are able to apply to be the ERC Commencement Speaker.


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the University of California, San Diego. As a Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt College, you have the opportunity to apply and audition to be the Student Commencement Speaker. This honor is bestowed upon only one student per year.  Guidelines for applicants and speech submissions are as follows:

  • Eligible students will only be those students graduating by Spring 2018 as determined by your Degree and Diploma Application (DDA).
  • Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants selected to audition will be contacted by February 16, 2018.  Audition times will be available on February 22 and 23, 2018. Applicants must audition to be selected as the speaker; exceptions will not be made.
  • Speeches, when spoken out loud, should be between 3-5 minutes long.
  • One speaker will be selected by March 9, 2018 and must be available to speak at the ERC Commencement Ceremony.

Speeches for the Student Commencement Speaker should reflect Eleanor Roosevelt College’s mission and goal. Topics should be inclusive of all ERC student populations (Freshmen, Transfer, Commuter, International, etc.) and touch on topics which are common experiences among all those ERC Student populations. Speeches should include a reflection on the role of multiculturalism in your college experience; the philosophy of ERC and the impact it has made on your college experience; and/or the transition for students as they progress from UC San Diego to the larger world.

We hope you consider this wonderful opportunity!  Please direct any questions about the process to the ERC Dean of Student Affairs Office, 858-534-2237.

Thank you and the best of luck as you prepare to graduate!

 2018 Commencement Application is listed here!