Seeking Applicants for 2023 Student Commencement Speakers

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Bemidji State University! The 2023 Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee is currently seeking applications from graduating students to be the student speaker at this year’s Bemidji State University Commencement on Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Sanford Center.

To be eligible, the student speaker must be a member of this year’s graduating class (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023). Students who are interested in being considered to speak at Commencement must complete the online application below by Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

The selection committee will identify a group of finalists from all applications and nominations, and final selections will be made by President Hoffman’s Cabinet. Three speakers will be selected, one representing each of BSU’s three academic colleges.

Applicants will be notified by Monday, April 10, 2023.

Thank you for your consideration. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, and Go Beavers!

Travis Greene

Application for Commencement Speaker, Bemidji State University

Application for Student Commencement Speaker, Bemidji State University

  • 2023 Commencement Speaker Application

    The commencement student speaker selection committee is seeking nominations for students to speak at the upcoming Spring Commencement. The speaker must be a member of Bemidji State University's graduating class of 2023. The time allotted for the student commencement speech is 3 minutes. The selection committee will review the applications and make recommendations of the top candidates. Final selection will be made by the President's Cabinet. Final speeches must be reviewed by the Division of Student Life & Success and the Office of Communications & Marketing prior to Commencement.
    If you are applying to speak, please complete the application below completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are nominating someone else, complete the information below to the best of your abilities.
  • The following materials must be included in all commencement speaker applications. Please review the list of requested items before completing the form to ensure you have all necessary materials available. Submitting the form will verify completion. The selection committee will not consider incomplete applications.
    Your application must include these items. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Max. file size: 16 MB.
  • Max. file size: 16 MB.
  • Max. file size: 16 MB.
  • By typing your name above, you verify that the contents of the application are accurate and that all of the required materials noted above are included in the commencement application.
  • Submit your application by Wednesday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. Contact Vice President for Student Life and Success Travis Greene at with any questions. All applications will be notified by Thursday, April 28.
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