March 05, 2014
Ana Sontag

Application for Convocation Student Speaker Now Available

Students are encouraged to apply to speak to incoming students during the annual New Student Convocation and Family Welcome.

Students are invited to apply to speak to incoming students during the annual New Student Convocation and Family Welcome. Applications are available online, and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 28.

Saint Louis University will host the annual convocation during Fall Welcome on Friday, Aug. 22. The ceremony will feature one full-time undergraduate student speaker, as well as distinguished faculty and administration. The convocation student speaker will be chosen by a selection committee based on the student's experience while a student at SLU and proposed message to incoming students and their families.

The speech should capture the undergraduate experience for students at Saint Louis University. To be considered, students must submit a draft of their 2-3 minute speech in writing (approximately 500-600 words). Students might reflect on the following questions before writing:

  • What have you gained from your time at SLU?
  • How will your experience at SLU impact your future?
  • What advice would you give students for their first-year at SLU?
  • What makes SLU, a Catholic, Jesuit university, distinctive from other schools?
  • What does being a Billiken mean?
  • What does it mean to be a member of the SLU community?

Students applying for this honor must have a current cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application, be in good standing with the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards and be on campus the week before classes begin for final preparations in advance of convocation.

Finalists will be asked to present their speeches in person in mid-April for final selection of the convocation speaker. The selected speaker will then work with University staff to refine their speech prior to the event.

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