Senior Commencement Speaker Application Fill out the commencement speaker application by clicking below. Apply Now Applications are due Sunday, April 16th, 2017. The qualifications for commencement speaker are as follows: Hamline University undergraduate student who will graduate in the academic year Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher Good disciplinary standing Exemplify leadership, scholarship, and service during their time at Hamline What do I need to do? Qualified and interested students must nominate themselves by completing the online application. The application requires you to complete two essay questions: Why do you want to be the senior student speaker at commencement, and what will be the overall message or topic of your speech? (Provide a 300-500 word synopsis or overview of your speech). The selection committee will meet in mid-April to narrow down the applicant pool to three students, who will be invited to audition. All applicants please note that the tryout date for finalists is Friday, April 21st from 3-5 p.m. in the Bush Center Ballroom. All finalists must be available at this time in order to audition. Questions? Contact the Dean of Student's Office at 651-523-2421 or email@example.com.