Nomination Criteria

Commencement Speaker Criteria

A faculty member, alumnus, friend of the university, or local business leader is generally chosen as speaker for the summer and autumn Commencements. A speaker of national or international stature is selected for the May Commencement and its celebration of 10,000+ graduates.

Every potential speaker should be:

  • A good public speaker
  • A leader in her or his field or linked to important and compelling issues 

All potential speakers should have:

  • Name recognition (especially important for May Commencement)
  • Core-values consistent with Ohio State’s