FINAL REMINDER – 2013 Call for Commencement Speaker Nominations

Event Date:

April 26, 2013 - 4:00pm

Dear Colleagues:


Thank you in advance for your help, and please distribute this memo widely.


We are wrapping up our search for commencement speakers, please send us the names of any students who you believe would make an effective speaker.


We are looking for speakers for the following ceremonies:


·         Sciences, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

·         Engineering and Sciences, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

·         Social Sciences I, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

·         Social Sciences II, Sunday , June 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

·         Humanities and Arts, Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm


A student speaker will be selected to deliver a brief commencement address (about 5 minutes) as a representative of his or her classmates. I am writing to ask you and your colleagues for help in identifying candidates for this role. While there are no absolute requirements, the student should have:


·         strong verbal communication skills

·         an excellent academic record, and

·         a history of participation in campus or community activities


In addition, we have found that students with unusual life experiences or undergraduate research experience also make good speakers.


If you know of a student that you wish to nominate as a commencement speaker, please forward his/her full name (and perm number if possible) to Diana Russell (, in the College of Letters & Science, no later than Friday, April 12th. Diana will then contact your nominee with further instructions.


Each nominee must complete and return the application, which can be found at, by 4 pm on Friday, April 26th.  A small group of finalists will be interviewed by a committee of faculty and deans before a selection is made.


Also, please find the flyer attached.  We would appreciate if you posted it in your department.


Many thanks for your help.



Dr Mary Nisbet
Dean of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California
Santa Barbara