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Harpur College Student Speaker

One of the highest distinctions a student can receive is to be selected as the student speaker for Commencement. It is a chance to represent Binghamton University and Harpur College by giving an address that inspires, encourages and reflects the vision and hopes of the Class of 2014. The address not only commemorates the event, but also gives a student the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped him/her along the way as well as tout the accomplishments of fellow graduates.

During the Spring semester, three graduate or undergraduate graduating seniors will be selected to give the address at the Harpur College Commencement to be held Sunday, May 18 2014. One student will be selected to represent each of the three Harpur Divisions; Math & Science, Fine Arts/Humanities, and Social Sciences.


To be eligible, the student must:

Application requirements

Complete applications are due at noon Friday, March 14, 2014. Note: Only applications that are 100 percent complete will be considered. Requirements are:

Submission of application materials

Submit the following documents in PDF format to

Speech guidelines

Selection Process

Phase I: Submit Application Materials 

Friday, March 14 by 12 p.m. 

The complete student speaker application, must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, March 14.


Phase II: Application Review

Monday, March 17– Friday, March 28, 2014

Harpur College Commencement Committee will meet and review all applications. Please be aware, any incomplete applications will not be considered.

Phase III: Interviews and Presentations

Thursday, April 3 – Friday, April; 4, 2014

A brief, 15-minute interview will be conducted with those candidates selected by the committee during Phase II of the process (application review). Upon completion of the interview, the student will be asked to give his/her prepared speech to the committee.

Phase IV: Selection 

Friday, April 11, 2014 by 12 p.m.

All applicants will receive the committee's decision via email no later than 12 p.m. on Friday,
April 11.

Phase V: Commencement Speaker Preparations 

Monday, April 14 – Sunday, May 18 2014

During this time period, the selected speaker will work with the Commencement Office to prepare and finalize his/her speech. This includes a rehearsal in the Events Center with a final review by the University's Communications and Marketing department.

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Last Updated: 2/4/14