Could you be our 2023 Commencement speaker?

The below email was sent to May 2023 On-Campus Undergraduate Commencement participants on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Dear Champlain students:

Are you our next Commencement speaker? Would you like to represent the Class of 2023 and inspire and celebrate your classmates in a big way during the ceremony on Saturday, May 13? Submit your application by Friday, March 24

The Commencement Speaker Committee is hosting a Student Speaker Info Session on Wednesday, March 8, from 3:30–4:00 PM. This event will be an opportunity to address any questions you have about the process, but attendance is not required. Here is the Zoom link to access this session:

Guidelines for being a student speaker are included below. A committee of faculty and staff will review all submissions and a student speaker will be chosen in April. If you have questions or need additional information please contact

The Graduation Team


To be considered for Student Commencement Speaker, applicants must:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be willing to work with our professional staff to refine and rehearse the final speech in the days leading up to Commencement 

A Student Commencement Speech submission includes:

  • A complete online application form
  • A draft script of 3-4 minutes of original content
  • A sample video uploaded of you delivering your speech in a quiet space with clear audio

Elements of a successful Student Commencement Speech can include:

  • A message that inspires, encourages, and reflects the vision and hopes of the graduates
  • A compelling story that incorporates your Champlain College experience (e.g., volunteerism, balancing work/school, involvement in community, overcoming hurdles, taking risks, a transcendent learning experience, or other)
  • A message that appeals to a diverse audience of graduates, families, and friends and that is substantive, meaningful, entertaining, and suitable to the occasion
  • A clear and cohesive organization of ideas and messages
  • A delivery that includes eye contact, poise, vocal, and visual presentation
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