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December 2022 Commencement student speaker application now open

photo of Ndeye Matou Amar
Ndeye Matou Amar delivers the December 2019 Commencement student address. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2022) — Have you ever dreamed of addressing your graduating class on stage at Rupp Arena?

Continuing with university tradition, the University of Kentucky December 2022 Commencement ceremonies will feature a student speaker to give a three- to five-minute address to the December Class of 2022. Applications for student speakers are now open and will close 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

Interested students should apply here:

Students interested in applying must be receiving a degree as a December 2022 graduate. Applicants must 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. 

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. 

The university will hold two in-person ceremonies at Rupp Arena Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. One student speaker will be selected for each ceremony. View the December 2022 Commencement schedule here:

If you have any further questions, please contact the Commencement Graduate Assistant, Maia Dubin, at

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