Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2018 Degree Celebration Student Speaker!

The 2018 School of Business Degree Celebration address will be given by a selected undergraduate degree seeking business student.  The selected undergraduate student speaker will have 7-10 minutes to address the graduating class. Students can be nominated by peers, faculty or staff, or can self-nominate.

Below is a list of the criteria for proposal and the speaker selection

  • Students must be walking in Spring 2018 (May & August, 2018 graduates qualify)
  • Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Nominations can be through self, faculty, or peer nominations with the consent of the nominee
  • Nominations must be submitted in writing to Yena Kim ( by Friday, March 30th by 5pm.

Applications must include:

  • Speaker resume (substantial involvement in extracurricular/volunteer activities is a plus)
  • The speaker’s recommended (choose one) topic for the Spring 2018 address around the theme of the following:
    • How your business degree will enhance your experience as an active citizen in a global society?
    • What is your Mason Story and how being a Mason School of Business student helped you write it.
  • After selection, the top candidates must present a short (5 min) oral presentation on why they should be chosen to address the graduating class. Note: This is not a complete version of your proposed address, but rather a persuasive talk on why the committee should select you to address the class and why your proposed topic will interest the graduating class.
  • Presentations will be made to the selection committee at the beginning of April, time and location details to follow.
  • The committee will be comprised of School of Business student leaders, faculty, and staff.
  • The student selected will prepare speech and complete a full rehearsal prior to the Saturday, May 19th 2018 School of Business Degree Celebration.

Mary Byerley

Mary Byerley serves in the Office of Student Success and Academic Services for the School of Business at George Mason University.
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