Selection Guidelines for Spring Commencement Speaker

SFSC is seeking a student speaker for the spring commencement ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, May 5, in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the Highlands Campus. The student speaker must be eligible to graduate by the end of the fall term following the commencement ceremony. Student speakers may be nominated, but must still apply.

2020 Student Speaker Guidelines  are available on Panther Central as of Wednesday, March 23, 2020.

Applicants must follow the directions on the speaker information guidelines and include:

  • The student’s name
  • The student’s SFSC I.D. number
  • Complete address of residence
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Degree or certificate being awarded
  • Graduation date

A detailed outline of their speeches must be emailed by Monday, March 23, to TimothyWise, dean of student services, or Lisa Johnson-Decairie, coordinator, student services.

The dean, student services and the dean, arts and science review  the outlines and make comments before sending them to the Selection Committee. Only one student speaker will be selected by the Selection Committee for each Commencement Ceremony.

The Selection Committee selects finalists by Friday,March 27.  The finalist will present speeches to the Selection Committee on Thursday, April 2, and the selected speaker will be notified by Tuesday, April 7.

Speech Requirements

The speech should be limited to 10 minutes.

Applicants must select their own topics. They may wish to make points that are relevant to college graduates. Some possible topics might be the value of education, specifically at SFSC; the role that education will play in the graduates’ futures; or ways that education changes people’s lives, etc. These are only examples.

Speeches should contain appropriate examples, stories, and instances of humor suitable for a commencement ceremony and an audience that includes the graduates, small children, senior adults, the SFSC Board of Trustees, the president, faculty, and staff.