Commencement Competitions

As a member of the Class of 2017, you have the opportunity to enter one of three competitions that will feature your work during the commencement ceremonies.

Photo Competition - Now Closed!

This competition is now closed. Thank you to all students who submitted their work.

Graduating undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the 2017 Commencement Photo Competition. The winning photo will be printed and featured on 2017 Commencement materials in addition to being shown at each Commencement ceremony.

The winning photo will be awarded $1000

Guidelines: Please submit up to three photos with a minimum of 2400 x 3000 pixels. 

Deadline: Now closed!

Poetry Competition - Now Closed!

This competition is now closed. Thank you to all students who submitted their work.

Graduating undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the 2017 Commencement Poetry Competition. The winning poem will be printed in the commencement program and the winning poet will perform, or have their poem read at each of the five commencement ceremonies. 

Guidelines: Please submit up to three poems, and attach two cover sheets: one with the title of your poem(s), your name, major, Oasis ID, phone number, address, and email address, and one with only the title of your poem(s).

The winning poet will be awarded $1000

Deadline: Now closed!

Student Speaker Competition - Now Closed!

This competition is now closed. Thank you to all students who submitted their work.

We are seeking a student speaker for each Commencement Ceremony. The selected students will have to state why they should be selected to represent their class as well as express to the selection committee how their Columbia experience has impacted their educational journey. The speech must appeal to and capture the attention of your classmates and should be no longer than 5-7 minutes in length. You are also required to submit two letters of reference stating why you should be selected to represent your class. At least one of your reference letters must be from a Columbia College Chicago faculty or staff and the other may be from an external reference.

To apply please submit:

  • A brief personal statement setting out the reasons why you wish to speak on behalf of your fellow graduates and how your Columbia experience has shaped what you might want to say;
  • An outline of your proposed speech;
  • A current résumé; and
  • Two reference letters – one from a member of Columbia’s faculty or staff, the other from any individual of your choosing – who can speak to the reasons why you might make a cogent speaker.

Deadline: Now closed!