Student Commencement Speaker Application - Winter 2020

Grand Valley holds four official Commencement ceremonies during the academic year; three ceremonies in April and one ceremony in December. A special honor is provided to a graduating student to address the University community during each Commencement ceremony. The selected speaker will add a student’s voice to address their peers, as well as university faculty and staff, honored guests and families during the ceremony. The comments will reflect on their experience at Grand Valley State University and how their graduating class will make a difference with their Laker Effect.

Students who are eligible and have applied to graduate may apply to be the student speaker at their respective Commencement ceremony.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Winter 2020 Commencement ceremonies held on April, 24-25. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

* denotes a required field

Applicant Information




Permanent Address

If selected, you will receive a free DVD of your ceremony. Please provide your permanent address. DVDs are mailed within 2-3 weeks following Commencement. 



List the name and contact information for a GVSU faculty or staff member that will serve as your reference


Biographical Narrative

Video Upload

Upload a video of your initial Commencement comments. Provide a brief introduction of yourself followed by your comments of no more than 3 minutes (this translates to approximately 400 words or two double-spaced, typed pages). Keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Tell the story of how your educational experience at GVSU helped to shape your life, your future profession, or your society/community. Consider reflecting your overall academic experience, co-curricular involvement, or service opportunities. 
  • Keep themes broad, as fellow students will graduate from more than one program and college. Share common experiences and insights.
  • Inspire and encourage fellow graduates to carry the GVSU Laker Effect out into the world.

Application Deadline

I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge *

Grand Valley State University is committed to a policy of equal access to programs, facilities, and services. If students require additional assistance or accommodations, contact Disability Support Resources (DSR) by calling (616) 331-2490 or email to dsrgvsu@gvsu.edu prior to submission of materials.



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