• Want to Speak at Graduation?

    Calling all Class of 2019 graduates!



    We invite you to apply to be the commencement ceremony speaker. If you're selected, you'll receive the distinguished honor of sharing your experience and insights, inspiring your fellow graduates and leaving a legacy at LaGuardia Community College.




    Apply Now!



    Graduation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9 a.m. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.




  • Speaker Criteria

    Student Speaker Criteria

    • Completed or will complete a degree at LaGuardia Community College by Spring Session I 2019 (includes December 2018 and February 2019 graduates).
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
    • Demonstrated record of academic achievement, service and campus involvement
    • Embody the spirit of the graduating class and represent the College

    Applicants must be available to present their speech to the Selection Committee on Wednesday May 8, Thursday, May 9 or Friday, May 10 2019.

  • Application Requirements

    Application Requirements


    Please be prepared to enter all required information on the application
    • A statement of interest telling us why we should pick you.
    • An outline of your proposed speech. Keep in mind that the speech will run no more than three minutes (this translates to 450-550 words).
    • Two references from LaGuardia faculty or staff. Please include their names and contact information.
    • A professional resume outlining professional, academic and co-curricular accomplishments during your time at LaGuardia.

    Selected finalists meet with the Selection Committee to deliver their draft speech.





  • Commencement Books

    Suggested Speech Topics


    You may consider addressing one or more of the following topics in their speeches.

    Note that these are just suggestions, and you are welcome to structure your presentation around other ideas.
    • The transformative power of a LaGuardia Community College education.
    • Your personal development and future outlook.
    • How your personal experiences as a student shaped your educational journey at LaGuardia and developed a desire for you to want to make a change in the world.
    • Demonstrate a familiarity with LaGuardia's rich heritage.
    • Include examples from collegiate life, coursework, co-curricular involvement, reflection on the mission and vision and relationships developed with others at the College.



  • Students facing the stage

    Selection Criteria


    Commencement is both an ending and a beginning. It's an opportunity for graduates to reflect on what has been, while anticipating new, perhaps unknown, challenges. The most well-received speeches are those that have the most meaning for the largest number of people in attendance, reflect on the common experience and share, in a personal way, the value of the education received at LaGuardia Community College.

    The Selection Committee will be seeking a speaker that best fits the following criteria:
    • A message that suits the occasion: Does it suit the dignity of commencement? Does it relate to LaGuardia's values? Does it convey a message that is intriguing, challenging and/or motivational? Is there a balance of personal story and message intended for the larger audience?
    • A speaker who delivers the speech well: Is the speaker well prepared? Does the speaker use voice, gestures and words effectively? Is the speech ready or close to ready to be presented or will it need significant work?
    • A speaker with presence: Is the speaker engaging? Does the speaker have stage presence? Does the speaker connect with the audience?




  • Selection Timeline


    March 18 – April 18 Call for nominations; application period
    April 18 at 11:59 p.m. Online application deadline
    March 18 – April 18 Registrar's office reviews each application to ensure the eligibility requirements are met
    March 18 – April 18 Finalists notified and invited to audition
    May 8 – May 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room TBD
    May 13 Student commencement speaker announced
    May 13 – June 13 Student speaker works with a faculty coach on speech to ensure his/her preparation for the ceremony
    June 13, 2019 Commencement ceremony