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Continuing with University tradition, all Commencement ceremonies will feature a Student Speaker to give a 3-5 minute address to the May Class of 2022 on May 6th and 7th. The Student Speaker application is now open. Applications will close on April 6th at 11:59 PM EST.

One student speaker will be selected per ceremony. To find which ceremony you are participating in, please see here.



1. Applicant must be receiving a degree from the University of Kentucky as a May 2022 or August 2022 Graduate. 

2. Applicant must have contributed to the University through campus and/or community activities and/or through their chosen field of study. 

3. Applicant must show evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability and be willing to present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. 


Application Materials: 

1. Resume that includes activities, work experience, and accomplishments achieved during your study at the University of Kentucky.  

2. Summary of no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages of your proposed speech. 

3. Completed online application - Documents are required to be submitted in .pdf format with the applicant's first and last name. 


Please contact the Commencement Graduate Assistant at if you have any further questions.

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