Commencement Speaker Selection Process

The entire university community will be broadly engaged in nominating Commencement speakers. Nominations will be made through the Commencement speaker portal,, which is always open. Only candidates nominated through this portal will be considered for Commencement speaker.

Once a pool of speaker candidates is identified by the Speaker Advisory Committee, a sub-committee will develop a prioritized slate of candidates. The subcommittee will be comprised of the three student members of the Committee and three faculty Committee members. 

The slate will be shared with the Executive Vice President and Provost who, in turn, will deliver it to the President for approval.