Student speaker at podium

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Keynote speakers will offer reflections and congratulations to graduates of University of Maryland University College in May at each of the university's four Adelphi graduation ceremonies. We will announce their names here in late April.

For the full press release regarding UMUC's commencement speakers, visit our Global Media Center in April.

Student Speakers

As an eligible graduate, you're encouraged to apply to deliver the student speech at Commencement 2016. The speech is a UMUC tradition and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate your fellow graduates.

To qualify, you must have earned your degree in summer or fall 2015, winter 2016, or be scheduled to earn it in spring 2016. (If you are a spring graduation candidate, you must also be in good academic standing.)

Student speakers will

  • Prepare a five-minute speech that will inspire, motivate, and encourage everyone in attendance
  • Offer words of thanks to the faculty, family, and friends whose support has kept the graduates motivated and encouraged
  • Participate in pre-ceremony auditions, coaching sessions, and a rehearsal on May 13 (the doctoral ceremony rehearsal will be held on May 12)

Each ceremony will have its own student speaker. The selected speakers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student speakers also receive

  • Reserved seating for up to 13 guests
  • A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  • A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

Download the application instructions and click here to apply.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time, March 20.

Sing The National Anthem

As an eligible graduate, you're invited to audition to perform The Star-Spangled Banner and UMUC Alma Mater during the ceremony. Those selected will make a memorable contribution to commencement. Eligibility criteria are the same ones listed above for prospective student speakers.

Each ceremony will have its own student singer. The selected singers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student singers also receive

  • Reserved seating for up to 13 guests
  • A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  • A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

Download the application instructions and click here for the application.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time March 20.

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