OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR – STUDENT AFFAIRS
February 1, 2016
All undergraduate and graduate students receiving a UC San Diego degree in June 2016 are invited to apply and audition for the role of student speaker at this year’s All Campus Commencement, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at RIMAC Field. A panel of campus leaders will choose one student to deliver an inspirational message (up to 5 minutes) to fellow graduates on the event’s theme, Service to the Community and the World. At the audition, contestants will present their draft speech.
This is the first time in 16 years that UC San Diego will hold an All Campus Commencement; the ceremony will unite the approximately 8,000 graduates in the Class of 2016 and will include the conferral of degrees. The awarding of degrees to individual graduates will occur at the college and professional / graduate school ceremonies.
Student speaker candidates are encouraged to include examples of their service in their application. Aligning with the theme, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the global microfinance movement Muhammad Yunus will serve as UC San Diego’s All Campus Commencement keynote speaker.
Applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 18. If selected to move forward in the process, candidates for student speaker will audition during the first two weeks of April by giving the five-minute speech they would deliver at the All Campus Commencement. A campus-wide panel representing students, faculty, college and campus leadership will select the speaker. The student speaker will be announced in mid-April.
For more information and to apply for the student speaker role, visit commencement.ucsd.edu.