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Commencement Student Speaker Selection


Eligibility Criteria

  • Be eligible for graduation in the term for which you are applying
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be in good disciplinary standing
  • Must participate in Pocatello ceremony, but may attend classes at any ISU location
  • One speaker will be chosen for each ceremony (morning and afternoon)


Application Process

Submit the following:

  • Complete online application form
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from an ISU faculty or staff member, emailed directly from them to
  • Rough draft of speech, complete enough to convey the tone and content of your speech
  • Applicant video of 90-120 seconds
    • Topic is: Tell us why you should be the commencement speaker
    • Goal is to demonstrate you are a competent, dynamic, and engaging speaker
    • Upload via online application form
  • Candidates may be asked to come in for a face-to-face meeting prior to selection



  • Address should be between 3-4 minutes (approximately 400-500 words)
  • Theme ideas:
    • Experiences that define what it means to be a Bengal
    • The transformative power of receiving an education at Idaho State
    • How Bengals are changing the world
  • No political or religious messages
  • Final written speech must be submitted to organizers 1 week prior to Commencement


Selection Timeline (Winter 2020)

  • September 21 - Application opens
  • October 19 - Application closes
  • November 2 - All applicants notified of decision
  • November 13 - Final written speech due
  • November 20 - Student rehearsal on stage    


Additional Information

If you are selected to be the student speaker, you will:

  • Be seated on the platform during the ceremony
  • Have your name printed in the program
  • Receive special reserved seating for your guests


Selection Committee will include staff, faculty, and student representatives.

Questions? Email or call 208-282-2966