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