December Graduates: Apply to be Commencement Speaker

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2017) — As is customary at the University of Kentucky, two students will be selected to speak at the December 2017 Commencement ceremonies, which will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Rupp Arena.

Since doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are now recognized together based on their colleges, the selection committee will accept applications from students with all degree types, not just undergraduate students as in past years.

Students interested in speaking must submit their application by Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The students designated to address their fellow graduates will be chosen by the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. Applications are available online at

Students applying for the position must be receiving a degree from UK at the December 2017 Commencement ceremony. Also, students must have contributed to the university through campus or community activities and within their field of study. Applicants must demonstrate strong public speaking skills.

Students who wish to apply must submit a résumé, information sheet and a copy of their intended speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

Applicants may be contacted by the committee to conduct a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.

All graduating students must register for Commencement at

For information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.