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2018 Commencement Student Speaker Competition

We invite you to participate in the Student Speaker Competition. This unique tradition allows students to audition for a chance to address the GW community at Commencement on the National Mall.

Process to Compete

To enter the competition, please submit:
  • A biography (maximum 150 words)
  • Text of the speech you would like to deliver at Commencement if you’re selected
  • Video on YouTube or Vimeo of your speech (maximum length of three minutes)
Up to 10 finalists will be invited to audition in person or through Skype in front of the competition’s committee. The committee will select a winner after the auditions.

Additional Rewards

If you’re chosen as the student speaker, you will receive:

  • Six Commencement tickets in the reserved seating section
  • Photo with the main Commencement speaker
  • Invitations to special events during Commencement Weekend
  • Commemorative Commencement photos
The deadline to submit materials is by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

For more information, visit commencement.gwu.edu.

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