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Apply to be this year’s student speaker at commencement

Are you ready to inspire your fellow graduates, the Class of 2024? Do you have a story that embodies the spirit of Clackamas Community College's core values – Learning, Equity, Student Success, Community, and Belonging? If so, we invite you to take the stage and become the next Student Commencement Speaker!


  • Good academic standing
  • Must be a graduate from Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Winter 2024 or an applicant for Spring 2024 or Summer 2024 (Spring and Summer 2024 graduates must have applications filed as of May 10)
  • Earning a certificate, associate degree, GED or Adult High School Diploma in the graduating class
  • Committed to attending the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 14, starting at 4 p.m.

Elements of a successful speech:

  • 5-10-minute original speech delivered orally: Captivate an audience of more than 2,000 graduates, family members and friends from diverse backgrounds.
  • Embrace the Clackamas Community College spirit: Weave our core values – Learning, Equity, Student Success, Community and Belonging – into your message.
  • Craft a compelling story: Share a unique experience from your journey at Clackamas Community College, highlighting themes such as volunteering, balancing work and studies, community involvement, overcoming challenges, embracing risks, transformative learning experiences, or any other personal story that resonates with your peers.
  • Substantive, meaningful and engaging: Strike a balance between substance, meaning and entertainment, ensuring your speech is appropriate for the occasion.
  • Clear organization: Structure your ideas and messages logically and cohesively.

Selection process:

  • Submissions are due by midnight, Sunday, April 28.
  • Verification from Graduation Services confirming completion of all degree and certificate requirements.
  • A graduation committee will review all submissions and recommendations.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for a brief interview to talk about their proposed speeches.
  • Notification of selection or non-selection will be delivered by email by May 8.
  • If needed, the selected speaker will receive support from our staff in finalizing and rehearsing their speech, guaranteeing their confidence and preparedness for the big day.

This is your chance to make your voice heard, inspire your peers and showcase the transformative power of Clackamas Community College's commitment to student success. Go, Cougars!

Questions? Contact Student Life Director John Ginsburg at

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