Student Speaker Information

North Central College would like to invite undergrad students from the Class of 2023 to apply to be a student speaker at the May commencement ceremony. This opportunity to speak in front of faculty, trustees, parents and peers is truly one that comes once in a lifetime. A student speaker at Commencement has the chance to share memorable experiences and celebrate momentous achievements with fellow classmates.

Eligibility requirements for student speaker include:

  • Confirmed eligibility to graduate by the registrar's office
  • Be in good academic standing
  • No active disciplinary reports
  • Attending the May commencement ceremony

For graduates who wish to be considered for a student speaker role, please fill out the Speaker Application by clicking HEREAPPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 10.  Late submissions, unfortunately cannot be considered. This application must include a resume, a written draft of the speech and a video recording of the applicant delivering the full commencement address they have written. The address should be 3 to 5 minutes in length (approximately 400 to 650 words).

Once an application has been received, a selection committee made up of Faculty and Staff will review the application. From the entries received, the committee will select one student speaker for the ceremony. Applicants will be contacted by April 24th, with a decision. The selected speaker will then be expected to work with a faculty member to edit and finalize their speech.

Speeches will be evaluated on:

  • Quality of content
  • Clarity of message/theme
  • Appeal to common experiences of North Central students
  • Length of speech within required time frame
  • Speaker's delivery being engaging including good stage presence

Important Dates:

April 10: Application deadline for Student Speaker

April 24: Applicants will be contacted by Committee with a decision

April 25-May 5: Chosen applicant will work with faculty member

May 7: Commencement Ceremony begins at 12 pm

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent engagement at 630-637-5200 or by email at