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Commencement Speaker Application

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the University of California, San Diego.  As a graduate of UCSD and Eleanor Roosevelt College, you will join a long list of distinguished and notable individuals.

As a Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020 or Spring 2020 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 2019 as determined by your Degree and Diploma Application (DDA).
  • Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, March 13, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants selected to audition will be contacted by March 20, 2020. Audition times will be available after spring break. Applicants must audition to be selected as the speaker; exceptions will not be made.
  • Speech/Audition should be between 3-5 minutes long.
  • One speaker will be selected by mid-March and must be available to speak at the ERC Commencement Ceremony.

Speeches for the Student Commencement Speaker should reflect experiences at Eleanor Roosevelt College. Topics and areas to address may include: commonalities among your graduating class (MMW, living on campus, commuting to campus); a reflection on the role of multiculturalism in your college experience; studying/traveling abroad; the philosophy and mission of ERC and the impact it has made on your college experience; or the transition for students as they progress from UCSD to the larger world.