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. Leave your legacy with your graduating class! See past student speakers here!

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

  1. Fill out and submit the Student Commencement Speaker application in full
    1. You must be logged into your NC State Google account to access the application
  2. Upload your audition video to the application form (see instructions for submitting audition video below)

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

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

Spring 2022 Video Auditions

Speaker applications is now open! They can be uploaded with or linked from the application form above.

Contact us at commencement@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2577 with any questions.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2022

Student Speaker Application Available February 9, 2022
Student Speaker Application and Audition Deadline March 11, 2022
Speaker is selected and applicants are notified of decision Week of March 21, 2022
NC State Spring 2022 Commencement May 7, 2022

If you have any questions about the student commencement speaker application or selection process, please contact the Student Commencement Speaker Committee at commencement@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2577.