Grad Speaker - Grad Student Convocation

Apply to be this year's Student Speaker at Graduate Student Convocation. 

One student will be selected by a panel of faculty, administrators, and students to share an inspirational message for this year's incoming class.


Eligibility

Applicants must have completed at least two semesters at Georgia Tech in the graduate program by the start of fall semester and be in both academic and judicial good standing. 


Speech Requirements

The Graduate Student Convocation speech is approximately five minutes in length. The message should be reflective on your first year at Georgia Tech and include the following themes:

  • Advise for students new to Georgia Tech
  • Be universal in tone for master's and doctoral students
  • Share your experience as a graduate student

Applicants must feel comfortable speaking at a podium in front of a very large audience. We encourage students to view previous speeches and visit with the Communication Center to help them prepare their speech. 


Selection Process

All submissions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of faculty and staff, who will select the winner.

Once selected, the speaker is required to work with the Communication Center during the semester and meet in-person with event organizers for final review prior to Commencement. Students do not need to be living on campus to qualify, but must return to campus by Friday, August 18.


How to Apply & Application Deadline

Students must submit a video of them reciting their entire speech. Speeches do not have to be memorized for the submission. 

Ideal submissions are a single shot of the student reciting their speech in a quiet environment and have clear sound quality so the panel can hear the student. 

Speaker Application Page

How do I submit my video?
Students are requested to send a link to the video file. Video files may be shared via YouTube, your Microsoft OneDrive, Google DriveDrop Box, or SendSpace. Please include your name and major and the start of your video.