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Graduation Information

Commencement Student Speaker Tryouts

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You're Invited to Speak for the Class of 2019 on June 28

This Year's Theme:  Service Leadership

Do you believe that you can inspire and motivate the class of 2019? Yes! Then we encourage you to apply and possibly become this year’s student commencement speaker.

To be considered, SUBMIT your WRITTEN SPEECH proposal by Friday, May 17.


To be considered for Student Commencement Speaker, applicants must:

  • Have earned a current GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have displayed good citizenship while a student
  • Will be receiving an Associate Degree

Guidelines for Your Speech

  • Approximately 5 minutes of original content
  • Shared orally in front of an audience of 500 people
  • Mindful of the audience, including a diversity of graduates, families, and friends

Elements of a Successful Speech for Commencement

  • A message that inspires, encourages, and reflects the vision and hopes of the graduates
  • A compelling story that incorporates your Foothill College experience (i.e. volunteering, balancing work/school, involvement in community, overcoming hurdles, taking risks, a transcendent learning experience, or others)
  • A message that is substantive, meaningful, entertaining, and suitable to the occasion
  • A clear and cohesive organization of ideas or messages
  • This year’s theme: Service Leadership

Speaker Selection Process

  • A graduation committee will review all submissions
  • Graduating students will be selected for an interview to present their speech the week of May 20.
  • The chosen student speaker will be supported by our professional staff in developing their final speech and rehearsing delivery, to ensure they are confidently prepared

How to Submit Your Speech


Email your written speech to

Please contact Catalina Rodriguez at 650.949.7241 for more information.



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