Information and Selection Guidelines for Spring Commencement

South Florida State College is seeking a student speaker for the spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 3, in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts. 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.

Student speaker guidelines are available on Panther Central beginning Thursday, Feb. 15, and also at the DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands campuses, the Lake Placid Center, and in the offices of all academic deans.

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 delivered by Monday, March 19, to any of these locations:

  • Community Relations and Marketing Department – Building F                
  • Welcome Center – Catherine P. Cornelius Student Services and Classroom Complex, Building B, First Floor
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences Office – Building B-207
  • Dean of Applied Sciences and Technologies Office – Building T
  • Dean of Adult and Community Education Office – Building H-206
  • Student Services Advisor or Director of the DeSoto Campus, the Hardee Campus, or the Lake Placid Center

Academic deans will review the outlines and make comments before sending them to the Selection Committee. Only one student speaker will be selected by the Selection Committee, which is appointed and chaired by Lynn MacNeill, interim dean, Arts and Sciences.

The Selection Committee selects finalists by Friday, March 30.  The finalist will present speeches to the selection Committee on Wednesday, April 4, and the selected speaker will be notified by Friday, April 6.

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. Possible topics are 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. Consult the Commencement Speaker Information and Selection Guidelines for more information.