Graduation Speaker Application

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Every year, Santa Monica College selects an exceptional graduating student to give a 3-minute speech at the Commencement Ceremony to challenge and inspire their fellow graduates. Are you our next student speaker?  Want to know what this speech looks like? Check out last year's address given by student Caitlin Corker. Remember, your speech should be of your own making, your own ideas!

Submissions Due: Friday, March 31st

Eligibility Criteria
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must submit a draft of your proposed speech.
  • Campus involvement preferred.
  • Must be eligible to graduate in 2016-2017.
  • Must have petitioned to graduate.
  • Must be available on Friday, April 21st to audition proposed speech.
  • Must participate in the graduation ceremony on June 13th.

All interested students must audition their proposed speech before a panel. The selected student speaker will be notified of the panel’s decision within a week after the auditions via SMC email.