Student Commencement Speaker

Student Speaker Guidelines for May 2020 Commencement

Saint Xavier University invites students -- undergraduate and graduate -- to apply to be a commencement speaker. It is a distinguished honor for a student to be selected to present a commencement speech; one that may be included on a resume.

Two students will be selected, one for each of the May 2020 ceremonies as follows:

Graduating students interested in delivering a student commencement speech must meet these guidelines:

Speeches should address the following:

The speech should:

A committee of faculty, staff and students will select the student speakers.

The committee utilizes the following rubric as an evaluative tool for each speech and speech presentation:

Speech Content

The Student's Speech Poor Average Very Good Excellent
Thoughtfully reflects on how his/her personal experiences at SXU have shaped his/her journey        

Thoughtfully reflects on the impact of a Mercy Education


Uses specific examples as well as effective language to illustrate his/her message

Appeals to a broad audience of graduates, guests, and SXU community members        

Speech Delivery

The Student Poor Average Very Good Excellent
Effectively engages the audience and holds its attention        
Uses appropriate pronunciation, volume, and inflection        
Maintains eye contact throughout the presentation        
Displays appropriate self-confidence and comfort speaking before an audience        

How to Apply

In order to apply, submit the following to by Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Deadline extended)

Note: Student-speaker semifinalists will be required to present their speeches to the committee prior to the final selection. Selected finalists will be mentored prior to the delivery of the speech at the commencement ceremony.

Questions about the student speaker selection process may be directed to the Dean of Students Office in the Warde Academic Center, Room L-103, or contact or 773-298-3123.