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Applications for May 2024 Commencement student speakers now open

Cindy Sossa delivers the student address at the December 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2023) — Continuing with university tradition, each of University of Kentucky's May 2024 Commencement ceremonies will feature a student speaker to give a three- to five-minute address to the May 2024 class.

Applications for student speakers are now open and will close 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 5. Apply here.

Students interested in applying must be receiving a degree as a May or August 2024 graduate. Preference is given to applicants who have contributed to the university through campus and community activities, or through their chosen field of study, and present evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability.

Applicants will present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, who sends recommendations to the UK president. Final interviews with selected candidates are scheduled to take place April 15 and 16, in the Gatton Student Center. 

Application materials include a resume with activities, work experience and accomplishments achieved during the applicant’s study at UK. In addition, a summary of no more than three typed, double-spaced pages of the proposed speech and a completed online application are required. Incomplete applications are unable to be considered by the selection committee. Documents must be submitted in PDF format with the applicant’s first and last name. 

Ceremonies will take place Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. View the ceremony schedule here:

Interested students can for more information and application instructions here:

If you have further questions, please contact the Commencement graduate assistant at

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