One student will be selected to speak on behalf of and to all undergraduate degree recipients who have participated in the University Honors Program. Continue reading for detailed instructions and eligibility information.
While the Recognition Ceremony will celebrate all graduates who have been involved in Honors regardless of pursuing Latin Honors, preference is given to applicants who intend to graduate with any level of Latin Honors. Level of Latin Honors is not considered in selection, but pplicants must be graduating in Spring, May, or Summer 2012.
Application and selection process
The online application (link at the end of this page) requires brief responses to five (5) questions and a summary of the speech you would give if selected. Please review the application in advance to prepare your responses. Applications are due on Friday, March 23, 2012. The UHP Speaker Committee (consisting of UHP staff and students) will review submissions and identify finalists who will be invited to present or read a portion of their draft speech in an interview the week of April 2-6, 2012. Selection of speaker will be made shortly thereafter. The UHP Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Guidelines and tips for writing a speech
Graduation is both an end and a beginning, and as the representative of UHP graduates, the student speaker is in a position to reflect on the past (common educational experiences, impactful and memorable moments) and articulate the excitement (or possibly even apprehension) of the graduating class of 2012. The best speeches are those that resonate with the largest number of people. Aim to convey a personal sentiment of the value of undergraduate education and experiences at Minnesota and with the University Honors Program.
Audience: Graduates (both those graduating with Latin Honors and those who have been actively involved in Honors coursework), family of graduates, Honors faculty & staff, and University and College administrators.
Length: Three (3) minutes for final speech.
Contact: Contact the UHP Speaker Committee (, 612-624-5522, 20 Nicholson Hall) with questions about the Recognition Ceremony or student speaker application process.