Interested in being the 2021 Student Speaker or National Anthem Singer?
On behalf of ASUWT, we are searching for this year’s student speaker and National Anthem singer for Commencement. Graduating seniors who are participating in Commencement are encouraged to apply. Due to the state and University's restrictions on in-person gatherings, we are omitting in-person auditions this year. Instead, it is required that applicants submit a quality video audition performing either their speech or the National Anthem. Speaker applicants must submit a copy of their speech alongside their video audition.
Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Not a graduating senior? Encourage a friend to apply!
You will be asked to upload a document sharing how being a UW Tacoma student has transformed your educational experience. You should aim to make your speech 4-5 minutes in length; 5 minutes is the absolute maximum. This submission can be a rough draft but it is encouraged to have it complete as possible with a video audition for consideration. To assist with writing your speech, refer to the criteria below.
The speeches will be judged in two main categories: content and delivery. The selection committee will use the following criteria:
CONTENT: The selection committee will read the written speeches and refer to the video auditions. Written speeches are reviewed based on the following:
Content should embrace the spirit of UW Tacoma and include a “call to action” for the audience
Creativity and originality
Upbeat and inspirational tone
Clarity of message
Connect with the audience (please avoid overly personal stories unless there is universality/connection to the audience)
DELIVERY: The selection committee will hear the oral presentation of the speeches by the applicants via video audition. Each presentation will be scored by the committee which are then submitted internally after all auditions are finished. Presentations are scored based on the following:
Stage presence (e.g. eye contact with audience), confidence, poise, etc.
Enunciation and projection
You will be asked to explain why you are interested in being the 2021 Commencement Singer (in 500 characters or less and to upload a video of you giving your best performance of the National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner).
The performance will be judged in one main category — delivery. The selection committee will use the following criteria:
DELIVERY: The selection committee will hear the performance of the National Anthem via video audition. Each performance will be scored by the committee which are then submitted internally after all auditions are finished. Performances are scored based on the following: