Commencement Student Speaker

2017 Commencement Student Speaker Application

Download the Application Process and Cover Sheet

Speech Requirements:

  • Speaker must be a graduating student, eligible to participate in commencement and have no more than 9 credit hours to complete at the end of the 2017 spring semester.
  • Speech must be 3-5 minutes in length (approximately 500-700 words).
  • One speech per graduating student may be submitted.
  • Two students may collaborate on a speech, but only one student will be permitted to deliver the speech and sit on the commencement stage.
  • Speech should be addressed to the University community in general, including traditional and non-traditional students, family members, guests, faculty and staff.
  • It is suggested that the speech reflect the student’s experience as a member of the University Community.
  • Selection is based on quality, originality of content and oral presentation.

 Presentation Requirements:

  • Two or more selections from all entries will be orally presented before the selection committee on Thursday April 6th from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in Portland (location TBA).  *If you submit a speech, please block out this time on your schedule.  You will be notified by April 1st if you will be invited to present before the committee.


  • Cover sheets and guidelines are available on-line at the Commencement website: and in Portland: Campus Life Office, 135 Woodbury Campus Center; Office of Graduate Admissions, 111 Abromson Center; Advising Services 137 Luther Bonney Hall.  Gorham: Gorham Campus Involvement & Activities Center, lower level of Brooks Student Center; Residential Life Office, 100 Upton Hall; Advising, 119 Bailey Hall;  Lewiston: Student Success Center Room 119.  


 Thurs. March 16, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.

Please return, e-mail/scan or fax cover sheet and speech text to:

Zorica Andric  RE: Student Commencement Speaker, 135 Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus,


E-mail/scan:  Fax: 228-8210.

Questions:  Call Helen Gorgas Goulding, Committee Chair, 780-4629 or e-mail 

  • The student speakers are chosen by a committee made up of students, faculty and staff.
  • Commencement 2017 will be held at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine on Saturday May 13th, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
  • If you need special services, assistance or accommodation to participate fully in this program, contact – TTY 780-5646.
  • The selected speaker will be awarded a gift donated by the USM Alumni Association.

For any writing assistance, you are encouraged to contact the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of Glickman Library in Portland, , or the 1st floor of the Bailey Library in Gorham; or Writing Center at LAC