UMUC Commencement speaker

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Keynote speakers will offer reflections and congratulations to graduates of University of Maryland University College in May at each of the university's four commencement ceremonies. We will announce their names here in late April.

STUDENT SPEAKERS

As an eligible graduate, you're encouraged to apply to deliver the student speech at Commencement 2015. The speech is a UMUC tradition and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate your fellow graduates.

To qualify, you must have earned your degree in summer or fall 2014, winter 2015, or be scheduled to earn it in spring 2015. (If you are a spring graduation candidate, you must also be in good academic standing.)

Student speakers will:

  • Prepare a five-minute speech that will inspire, motivate, and encourage everyone in attendance
  • Offer words of thanks to the faculty, family, and friends whose support has kept the graduates motivated and encouraged
  • Participate in preceremony auditions, coaching sessions, and a rehearsal on May 15

Each ceremony will have its own student speaker. The selected speakers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student speakers also receive

  • Reserved seating for up to 10 guests
  •  A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  •  A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

The application period will open in mid-January 2015.  Check back here for instructions and the link to our online student speaker application.

SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM 

As an eligible graduate, you're invited to audition to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" and UMUC Alma Mater during the ceremony. Those selected will make a memorable contribution to commencement. Eligibility criteria are the same ones listed above for prospective student speakers.

Each ceremony will have its own student singer. The selected singers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student singers also receive

  • Reserved seating for up to 10 guests
  • A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  • A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

The application period will open in mid-January 2015.  Check back here for instructions and the link to our online student singer application.

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