Commencement Speaker

Are you a Spring 2015 Mason Graduate?
Interested in competing to be the Student Commencement Speaker?

Comm 440: Special Occasion Speaking is the course for you!

This course provides an introduction to the various types of special occasion speeches designed to meet the following purposes: entertain, celebrate, commemorate, inspire, or set a social agenda; special attention will be given to the commencement address.  Students will analyze sample speeches (text and video performances) as well as present several special occasion speeches.

The final special occasion speech assignment will be an audition for selection of the George Mason University 2014 “Student Commencement Speaker.”​


Here is your chance to be part of history at Mason!

Step up to the podium and compete for the honor of being the student speaker at Spring Commencement 2015. The competition is open to the entire graduating class.

To be considered, please submit a transcript of a five to seven minute Commencement speech on an appropriate topic of your choice.  Students should exhibit their university spirit in telling the Mason story.​  Speeches need to be about the class and not the speaker.   Additionally, research based on the last years accomplishments must be highlighted and all facets of university life should be covered.

Examples of past topics follow:

  • How my education at Mason has prepared me to deal with a rapidly changing world.
  • What being part of a diverse student population at Mason has meant to my education.
  • How the use of technology has affected my education.

Entries should be sent to the Office of Events Management, MSN 3G3, University Hall, Room 2600, by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Entries may also be emailed to Events Management at

The student speaker for 2015 will be announced in the Spring of 2015.

Good Luck!