Commencement Competitions

As a member of the Class of 2018-19, you have the opportunity to enter one of three competitions that will feature your work during the commencement ceremonies.

Be sure to check back here for details to come.

  • Student Speaker Competition

    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. Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA to be eligible.

    Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2019.

    Click here to submit your work!

  • Poetry Competition

    Graduating undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the 2018-19 Commencement Poetry Contest. 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 four commencement ceremonies.

    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).


    Deadline: March 9, 2019.

    Click here to submit your work!

  • Photo Competition

    Each year, one image is chosen to represent the current graduating class on the Commencement program, banners, stage backdrop and other related Commencement materials. We invite all graduating seniors (undergraduate and graduate from December 2017 and May 2018) to submit up to 4 high resolution images (not less than 300 dpi) along with an artist’s statement for consideration to the link below.


    Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2019.

    Click here to submit your work!