Student Speaker

Dear Class of 2015 Graduates:

The Ceremonial Committee is seeking applications from senior students interested in speaking at the 2015 Commencement ceremony.  Completing your degree is an accomplishment of which you can be very proud, and this is your chance to speak to your fellow graduates, the Mount Mercy community, and your friends and family about what achieving this milestone means to you.

If you are a graduating senior interested in being the student speaker, please submit a detailed outline of your proposed address and a completed first paragraph to Lisa Lafler,, chair of the sub-committee to select the student speaker, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3Please use the Subject Line Commencement Student Speaker Submission in your emailPlease include your name, address, and phone number on a separate page, as the submissions will be reviewed and evaluated without knowledge of the writer.  All submissions must be in outline format and no more than two pages in length in addition to the opening first paragraph.  Submissions that include complete text of the speech will not be considered.

Please keep the following criteria in mind when drafting your outline:

  •  Reflections from your undergraduate career and how the mission of the university has impacted your education.
  •  What you have learned both in and out of the classroom.
  •  Thanking those from the university and your family/friends who have supported your goal of achieving an undergraduate degree.
  •  Challenge your fellow graduates to their commitments as Mount Mercy graduates.

Because of the many events that occur during the Commencement ceremony, the length of the speech is limited to no more than five minutes.  The commencement sub-committee will review all the submissions anonymously and make a decision within a week of the deadline.  Once a final candidate is chosen to give the address, a member of the sub-committee will assist the selected student in preparing and practicing the final speech.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.  The sub-committee looks forward to your submissions.