One of the highest distinctions a student can receive is to be selected as the student speaker for Commencement. It is a chance to represent Binghamton University and Harpur College by giving an address that inspires, encourages and reflects the vision and hopes of the Class of 2013. The address not only commemorates the event, but also gives a student the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped him/her along the way as well as tout the accomplishments of fellow graduates.
During the fall semester, three graduate or undergraduate graduating seniors will be selected to give the address at the Harpur College Commencement to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2013. One student will be selected to represent each of the three Harpur Divisions; Math & Science, Fine Arts/Humanities, and Social Sciences.
To be eligible, the student must:
Complete applications are due at noon Friday, March 15, 2013. Note: Only applications that are 100 percent complete will be considered. Requirements are:
o References must be professors, administrators or staff members at Binghamton
Submit the following documents in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 15 by 12 p.m.The complete student speaker application, with the application cover sheet, must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
Monday, March 18– Friday, March 22, 2013
Harpur College Commencement Committee will meet and review all applications. Please be aware, any incomplete applications will not be considered.
Thursday, April 4 – Friday, April; 5, 2013
A brief, 15-minute interview will be conducted with those candidates selected by the committee during Phase II of the process (application review). Upon completion of the interview, the student will be asked to give his/her prepared speech to the committee.
Friday, April 12, 2012 by 12 p.m.
All applicants will receive the committee's decision via email no later than 12 p.m. on Friday,
Monday, April 12 – Saturday & Sunday, May 18-19, 2013
During this time period, the selected speaker will work with the Commencement Office to prepare and finalize his/her speech. This includes a rehearsal in the Events Center with a final review by the University's Communications and Marketing department.
Last Updated: 2/22/13