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Student Speaker

Presenting the student commencement address is a great honor and an opportunity to inspire, engage with, and share common experiences with your peers.

Speaker Criteria

  • Graduating candidate for a bachelor’s degree
  • Receiving their first degree
  • Eligible to graduate in the intended term
  • Has submitted an application to graduate by the time of application
  • Showcases leadership, service, and Wolfpack pride

Application Procedure and Requirements

Application Form

  • Fill out and submit the Student Commencement Speaker application in full
    • You must be logged into your NC State Google account to access the application
  • Upload your audition video to the application form

Once all application materials have been received by the committee, the committee will anonymously vote on and select a candidate. All candidates will be notified of a decision

Speech Content Guidelines

  • The topic and format of the speech are left to the discretion of the speaker
  • The speech must not be disrespectful and may not contain profanity of any kind
  • The speech should be no longer than five minutes
  • The speech presented in the audition should be as close to the final speech as possible

Leave your legacy with your graduating class!

Fall 2022 Video Auditions

Speaker applications will open on September 6, 2022! Video auditions can be uploaded with the application form.

Contact us at or 919.515.2577

Application Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2022Deadline
Student Speaker Application AvailableSeptember 6, 2022
Student Speaker Application and Audition DeadlineOctober 14, 2022
Speaker is selected and applicants are notified of decisionWeek of October 24, 2022
NC State Spring 2022 CommencementDecember 17, 2022

If you have any questions about the student commencement speaker application or selection process, please contact the Student Commencement Speaker Committee at or 919.515.2577