Student Speaker/Singer Selection Process

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The University of Washington Tacoma invites all interested graduating seniors to apply to be Speaker and/or Singer for the National Anthem at this year’s Commencement Ceremony on June 15, 2020! The Purple and Gold ceremonies each will have one speaker and one singer chosen by our selection committee.

2019 Commencement Speaker/Singer applications should be submitted via Dawg Den by April 5, 2019 at 12 p.m. Applications will be reviewed and screened by the selection committee. Qualifying applicants will be invited to audition on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 12 - 5 p.m. More information on auditions will be sent out to qualifying applicants.

To apply, click [here - 2020 link coming soon] and sign in to see the application on the homepage.

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 choose the top 10 applicants for each ceremony to audition. Written speeches are reviewed based on the following:

1.       Content should embrace the spirit of UW Tacoma and include a “call to action” for the audience

2.       Creativity and originality

3.       Upbeat and inspirational tone

4.       Clarity of message

5.       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 and submit scores based on a scale of 1-10. Scores are submitted internally within the committee after all auditions are finished. Presentations are scored based on the following:

1.       Stage presence (e.g. eye contact with audience), confidence, poise, etc.

2.       Enunciation and projection

3.       Practice and preparation


Performances of the National Anthem are scored under the same delivery criteria as the speeches:

1.       Stage presence, confidence, poise, etc.

2.       Enunciation and projection

3.       Practice and preparation