Student Commencement Speaker

Apply to speak at commencement

Graduating seniors are invited to apply to be the IUPUI student commencement speaker each spring. The student commencement speaker will give a three-to-five-minute speech in front of graduating students, their guests, and campus officials.

Commencement will be on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Additional details about the IUPUI commencement are available on the Commencement website.

Eligible students may apply to be the student commencement speaker by completing an application packet. The undergraduate student speaker will have a successful academic record and a history of participation in campus or community activities.

A selection committee with representation from the faculty, staff, and student body will review applications, interview a number of candidates, and determine finalists.

The deadline for the 2022 student speaker has already passed. The deadline for the 2023 undergraduate speaker will be announced in early 2023.

I am here to tell you that this is not where the learning stops.

Chris Cardoza | 2022 Commencement Speaker

Frequently asked questions

Any undergraduate student who:

  • Is graduating in May 2022, summer 2022, or who has already graduated in December 2021.
  • Is in good academic standing. The selection committee will consult with the academic dean of the student's major and the dean of students to ensure that an applicant meets the overall academic record and that student conduct expectations have been met.

The deadline for applications for the 2022 undergraduate student speaker has already passed. The deadline for the 2023 speaker will be announced in early 2023.

Yes, assistance with speech development and editing will be provided.

No, being a student speaker at commencement is not a paid position.


The student speaker's speech should be three to five minutes long or approximately 500–750 words.

No. A featured speaker, to be selected by the president of the university, will give a full-length commencement address.

No. The student speaker will be seated on the stage with other members of the platform party.