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Student Speaker


As part of the Steinhardt graduation ceremony programs, one graduating senior and one graduating graduate student are selected to speak on behalf of their class. These ceremonies are a formal recognition of the academic achievements and the special contributions graduating students have made to our 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 three minutes long.


To be eligible to apply you must be a Steinhardt student eligible for September 2019, January 2019 or May 2020 graduation and completing your degree requirements no later than May 2020 with a minimum of a 3.0-grade point average.  Summer and September 2020 graduates are not eligible.

If you are an undergraduate student, you must be able to attend the NYU Steinhardt Baccalaureate Ceremony (date and time TBA).

If you are a graduate student, taking part in the NYU Valedictory Ceremony, you must be able to attend the NYU Steinhardt Valedictory Ceremony (date and time TBA).

Student speaker candidates must be able to present their speech before the NYU Steinhardt Student Affairs Committee (date and time TBA).

Submit your speech with your full name, contact information (including your NYU email address and phone number) and student identification number (N#) by email to or by mail to:

Nija M. Leocadio
Office of Student Affairs
Pless Hall, 2nd Floor
82 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003-6680

A committee will review all eligible applications. Finalists will be contacted and present their speeches before the Student Affairs Committee. The Student Affairs Committee will select and notify the Student Speaker and the Alternate Student Speaker accordingly.

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