(Draft) Commencement
Student Speaker Application 

Each academic college, with support from a representative from the Office of the Provost, administer the annual Commencement Student Speaker Selection process. We are currently accepting submissions for the honor of representing the graduating class at one of the university’s winter commencement ceremonies. It is an opportunity to reflect upon and share the experiences and the learning that took place while you studied at Towson University.

Please note: Commencement student speaker applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate TU students in good standing (not on academic probation and in compliance with student conduct code requirements)
  • Approved for graduation in December 2016 or Spring 2017
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above for undergraduate students or 3.5 for graduate students
The deadline for submitting this application is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. 

Student Information

I am applying to be a Commencement student speaker for: *
I am a: *
I am a student in the following college(s): *

Short Essay Questions


Please upload a document that includes the following two sections: 
  • A brief overview of the message and focus of your proposed speech (include topic area and key points)
  • A full draft of the speech (no bullet points will be accepted). Please note that the Commencement speech is limited to 3 to 5 minutes.
No submissions will be considered without a written draft of the speech. Please note: Portions of your submission my be used in future publications/events. All work will be attributed to its author.



Please ask a Towson University faculty or staff member to write a letter recommendation on your behalf as part of your application material for the Commencement student speaker. 

Statement of Integrity

By submitting this application, I verify that I am in good academic and conduct standing with Towson University and give permission to the selection committee to verify my status as part of the application process. I also certify that the information in this application is complete and accurate. Failure to give complete and accurate information on this application will result in cancellation of the application or revocation of selection decision.

You will receive a confirmation email that your Commencment student speaker application has been received. Questions?  Contact commencement@towson.edu.