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Senior Speaker Application

  • Senior speaker applications are due on Monday, February 25, 2019, by noon.
  • Finalists need to be available on Wednesday, March 13 from 12-2:30 pm to meet with the committee.
  • Finalists will be asked to read a selected piece in addition to reading a draft of their submitted commencement speech.

    If you have any questions regarding the application or the process, please contact Mario Rapetti at mario.rapetti@purchase.edu 

What works well: reference of common experiences, attended events, future hopes for graduating class and universal themes as experienced by Purchase College students.

What to avoid: a speech that is too personal (i.e. personal experiences, assistance from specific faculty or staff).  Specific information to you and your own experience at Purchase College, a generic speech that would apply to any or all college graduations, comedic monologue, personal ideological speeches around political or moral views.

What to remember: the speech will be heard by family and friends of all the graduates and should be one that will be appreciated by all. 
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e.g. Fall 2015
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Please include club and organization membership, leadership positions, tutoring, etc.
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(50 MB max)