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Student Speaker Competition

The College of Arts and Sciences is issuing a call for entries to be a student speaker at the Spring 2020 Commencement. The selected student must be receiving a bachelor’s degree in the spring or summer 2020 semester.

The speech should emphasize experiences unique to the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Tennessee, have an over-arching theme, be well written, and adhere to a time constraint of four minutes. Finalists will be asked to present their speech to a committee of students, faculty and staff prior to final selection.

Deadline for Submission:

Interested graduating students must submit commencement speeches for consideration by 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020The commencement ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Requirements for submission:

  1. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to
  2. Attach the speech in “.doc” and “.pdf” formats.
  3. Attach a resume that includes your e-mail address and local phone number.