Senior Speech Contest
We are happy to announce the guidelines and details of the 2019 Commencement Senior Speech Contest. The Senior Speech Contest is open to all undergraduate students who will be graduating during the 2019 Commencement ceremony. If you would like to participate in the Senior Speech Contest, you must adhere to the following guidelines:
- The deadline for submitting draft speeches is 5pm, Friday, March 29, 2019. Speeches must be emailed to David Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no exceptions. Speeches not submitted by the deadline will not be considered.
- Speeches must be between 800 and 1,000 words in length.
- Speeches must be relevant and appropriate for Commencement.
- Contestants must be a candidate for an undergraduate degree in May of the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Finalists must present their speeches, before a panel of judges, in The Great Hall, on Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 5pm.
- The contest winner must present their speech at the 2019 Commencement ceremony.
- The speech delivered at Commencement must be the same speech that was delivered during the Senior Speech Contest, both in content and presentation. The contest winner will have an opportunity work with the Center for Writing to refine and edit their speech, but in the spirit of fairness and respect for other contestants, the final speech must not substantially deviate from the speech delivered before the jury of judges.
If you have any questions about the Senior Speech Contest, please contact David Robbins at email@example.com or 212-353-4117. Thank you for your interest in this important commencement tradition. Best of luck to all contestants!