Commencement Competitions

As a member of the Class of 2018, you have the opportunity to enter one of three competitions that will feature your work during the commencement ceremonies.

Student Speaker Competition

This competition is currently closed. We will begin accepting submissions soon! Check back for updates!

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.