Call for Nominations: Student Speakers for 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Self-nominations Encouraged

Sandra Barkevich, senior staff assistant, SUNY Empire State College

August 17, 2017

The Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee is seeking nominations for students to Photo of Lisa Ryan, female student, giving a commencement speech. speak at the 2019 SUNY Empire State College commencement ceremonies. ‌(photo: Lisa Ryan '18, 2018 Commencement Speaker.)

Potential student candidates should represent SUNY Empire State College by demonstrating unique academic experiences and extracurricular involvement, as well as thoughtful engagement throughout his or her academic program.

Any member of the college community may nominate students who meet the necessary criteria, and student self-nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations will be required to upload a short video (nothing elaborate; can be from a phone video recording app), explaining why they feel they would make a good student commencement speaker. Nominated students will be sent a request to accept their nomination and, upon acceptance, also will be required to upload a short video explaining why they feel they would make a good student commencement speaker.

Nominations can be submitted via the following link:

A link to the form will be available mid-Nov. 2018 at

The deadline for nomination is Jan. 11, 2019.

Please direct questions pertaining to the nomination process to Sandra Barkevich, senior staff assistant in the provost’s office, at or 518-587-2100 ext. 2542.

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