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Student Speaker

Apply to be a Student Speaker!

If you would like to be a part of making Phoenix College history, apply to be the “Student Speaker” at the 2021 Phoenix College Commencement Ceremony!

Theme: Proud Past. Bright Future.

To be considered for this honor, please submit the following:

  • A one-page personal letter discussing why you should be selected to be the Student Speaker.
  • A draft of your 3-minute speech (approximately 500-600 words). The purpose of the speech is to welcome the audience to the commencement ceremony.
  • Include your personal contact information (email, telephone, etc.) as to how we may reach you.

   * Submissions must be received by April 2, 2021 via e-mail to dr.martinez@phoenixcollege.edu


Finalists will be contacted to schedule their audition time, in which they will present their speech to the Selection Committee.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Student must be graduating in May 2021 and be participating in the Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2021.
  • Content of speech.
  • Organization of speech.
  • Appropriateness for welcoming the audience to the commencement ceremony.
  • Time limit (can be done in 3 minutes).
  • Ability to appropriately represent the 2020 graduating class of Phoenix College.
  • GPA Requirement 2.0

If you are selected as the “Student Speaker” for Commencement, you will be expected to rehearse (and revise if necessary) your speech with a faculty mentor from the Communication Department.