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spring 2020 commencement speaker Kaylah Taylor spring 2020 commencement speaker Kaylah Taylor
Kaylah Taylor, former Graduate Commencement Speaker

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony for Doctorate and Master's degree candidates from the College of Arts & Sciences; College of Engineering; Graduate School (M.A./M.P.S. in Environment, Cultural, and Media students only); Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric & Earth Science; Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (non M.D.); and School of Nursing & Health Studies is scheduled for:

Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:00 a.m.

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony for Doctorate and Master's degree candidates from the School of Architecture; Patti & Allan Herbert Business School; School of Communication; School of Education & Human Development; and Phillip & Patricia Frost School Music is scheduled for:

Thursday, May 9, 2024
3:00 p.m. 

Apply to be a Speaker

Spring and Summer 2024 graduate applications are open to become the Graduate Student Commencement Speaker for the Spring 2024 Graduate Degree Ceremonies to be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024. One speaker will be selected for the 10am Graduate Degree Ceremony and a second speaker will be selected for the 3pm Graduate Degree Ceremony. Applicants must be present at the in-person ceremony (Apply for graduation via CaneLink).

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Currently enrolled Master's or Doctoral student (does not include Law or M.D. students)
  3. Eligible to graduate and scheduled to complete degree requirements in the Spring or Summer 2024 semester
  4. Apply to graduate by the March 7, 2024 deadline in CaneLink
  5. Must be in good standing with the University

Application Process:

The online application includes:
  1. Current CV/Resume
  2. Video: Record yourself giving your intended commencement speech and include the URL to share the file on box.miami.edu (5 min. max.)
  3. Transcript of proposed speech
  4. Contact information for two UM faculty or staff who can serve as references (do not submit letters) 

Selection Process:

Finalists will be contacted for interviews by March 25, 2024. A speaker for each graduate commencement ceremony will be chosen by a selection committee, composed of Graduate School leadership and representatives from the Graduate Student Association. 

For more information about the Graduate Student Commencement Speaker, please contact Aude Emmanuel, Senior Programs Manager at the Graduate School, at axe786@miami.edu or 305-284-4154.

All master's and doctoral graduates, including those from online programs, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is March 18, 2024

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OTHER UPCOMING DEADLINES:

 

COMMENCEMENT BOOK ENTRIES FOR PHD/EDD/DMA STUDENTS: 

All PhD students and all EdD in Higher Education Leadership students will have their Dissertation title listed in the Commencement Book. This is an example of what a student entry will look like in the Commencement Book:

Sebastian Ibis
B.S., 2007, University of Miami
Major: Biology
Dissertation: Migration Patterns of Eudocimus albus
Advisor: John Smith

All DMA students and all EdD in Applied Learning Sciences students will have their Final Project title in the Commencement Book. This is an example of what a student entry will look like in the Commencement Book:

Sebastian Ibis
B.S., 2007, University of Miami
Major: Applied Learning Sciences
Final Project: Migration Patterns of Eudocimus albus
Advisor: John Smith

For more information on the Ceremony, click here to visit the website of the Office of Commencement