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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Undergraduate commencement speaker

The student must

  1. be a spring 2018 Watson School undergraduate candidate
  2. be in good disciplinary standing at the University
  3. demonstrate academic success
  4. be an active participant in the University community

Application requirements

Complete applications are due by March 14, 2018, 8 a.m. via email

Only applications that are 100 percent complete will be considered

Items that must be submitted:

  1. Personal statement – include information about yourself as well as why you wish to represent your class at Commencement
  2. Résumé - a brief résumé that includes your school, major and any University activities
  3. An outline of the speech you'd like to give at Commencement (delivered speech will be 5 minutes or less)
  4. Two names of references including contact information. References must be professors, administrators or staff members at Binghamton University

Selection Process and Deadlines

Phase I: Submit Application Materials - March 14, 2018, 8 a.m.

Phase II: Application Review - March 14 - March 19, 2018
The Watson Commencement Committee will meet and review all applications.

Phase III: Interviews and Presentations - To be completed by March 25, 2018
A brief, 15-minute interview will be conducted with candidates selected by the committee during Phase II.
Upon completion of the interview, the student will be asked to give his/her prepared speech to the committee.

Phase IV: Selection - April 4, 2018, by 5 p.m.
All applicants will receive the committee's decision via email no later than April 4, 2018.

Phase V: Commencement Speaker Preparations - April 4 - May 19, 2018
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.

Please direct questions to Mary Jo Kopyar:

Last Updated: 1/16/18