Commencement Student Speaker

Represent your graduating class as the Hawkeye Community College Commencement Student Speaker!

Each year a graduating student is selected to speak on behalf of their graduating class. This honor allows a graduate to share a message of inspiration and encouragement, commemorate this accomplishment, and inspire fellow classmates to carry the Hawkeye Community College mission out into the world.

Hawkeye Community College invites graduating students from the Class of 2023 to apply to be the student speaker at the Commencement Ceremony on May 5, 2023.

Student Speaker Requirements

Graduating students interested in being the 2023 Student Speaker must:

  1. Be eligible or on track to graduate.

  2. Be in good academic standing.

  3. Commit to attend and fully participate in the commencement ceremony and rehearsal

The selected student speaker will be required to:

  1. Present a 3 – 5 minute speech (approximately 400 – 750 words) that will be addressed at the Hawkeye Community College 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

  2. Leading up to the commencement ceremony, work with Hawkeye faculty, staff, and administration to further develop speech and delivery.

  3. Attend commencement ceremony day-of rehearsal.

Selecting a Commencement Student Speaker

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be notified via your Hawkeye email by Monday, February 20, 2023. The top finalists will then be invited to meet with the selection committee and present a draft of their speech. Content and delivery of the speech will all be considered in the final selection process.

A student speaker will be selected and contacted by Friday, March 3, 2023.

Apply to be the 2023 Student Speaker

Application deadline: Monday, February 13, 2023.

All fields marked with * are required.

Contact Information

Records and Registration

Hawkeye Center 134
Email the Commencement Team

319-296-1609 (fax)

Regular Hours — Spring 2023

Mon–Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

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