About the Student Speaker

The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development will salute its bachelor, master's degree and sixth-year certificate candidates at ceremonies on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Radio City Music Hall. As part of the program, one graduating senior and one graduating graduate student will be selected to speak on behalf of his/her class. These ceremonies are a formal recognition of the academic achievements and the special contributions graduating students have made to our NYU community.

If you would like to be considered for this special honor, please submit the text of a graduation speech. No specific format or topic is required. The selection committee is, however, interested in a speech that will resonate with the entire audience - including the graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs in education, health, communication, and the arts, as well as parents, faculty, and staff. The speech may be serious, humorous, personal or more general, but it may be no more than 3 minutes long.

To be eligible to apply you must:

Be a Steinhardt student eligible for September 2016, January 2017 or May 2017 graduation and completing your degree requirements no later than May 2017 with a minimum of a 3.0-grade point average.  Summer and September 2017 graduates are not eligible.

If you are an undergraduate student, be able to attend the NYU Steinhardt Baccalaureate Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at TBD.

If you are a graduate student, taking part in the NYU Valedictory Ceremony, be able to attend the NYU Steinhardt Valedictory Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at TBD.

Be able to present your speech before the NYU Steinhardt Student Affairs Committee on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 10:00am.

Submit your speech with your full name, contact information (including your email address and phone number) and student identification number (N#) by Sunday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m.

Email to:


Drop-off or mail to:


Nija M. Leocadio

Office of Student Affairs

Pless Hall, Second Floor

82 Washington Square East,

New York, NY 10003-6680

A committee will review all eligible applications received by February 19, 2016. Finalists will be contacted by February 24th and will present their speeches before the Student Affairs Committee at 10:00am on March 6. The Student Affairs Committee will select and notify the Student Speaker and the Alternate Student Speaker accordingly.