Commence Speaker and Singer

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers will offer reflections and congratulations to graduates at each of the university's commencements held at the Xfinity Center.

Keynote speakers will be announced in early December. For the full press release regarding UMUC's commencement speakers, visit our Global Media Center.

The Xfinity Center ceremonies will be available for live viewing via webcast. To access the webcasts visit www.umuc.edu/commencement starting 15 minutes before each ceremony.

Student Speakers

Eligible graduates are encouraged to apply to deliver the student speech at Winter Commencement 2017. The speech is a UMUC tradition and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate your fellow graduates.

To qualify, you must have earned your degree in summer 2017 or have applied to receive it in fall 2017. (If you are a fall graduation candidate, you must be in good academic standing.)

Student speakers will

  • Prepare a five-minute speech that will inspire, motivate, and encourage everyone in attendance
  • Offer words of thanks to the faculty, family, and friends whose support has kept the graduates motivated and encouraged
  • Participate in preceremony speech revisions, coaching sessions, and in a rehearsal on December 15

Each ceremony will have its own student speaker. The selected speakers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student speakers also receive

  • Reserved seating for their ticketed guests
  • A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  • A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

Download the application instructions and click here to apply. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time November 6, 2017.

Sing the National Anthem

As an eligible graduate, you're invited to audition to perform The Star-Spangled Banner and the UMUC Alma Mater during the ceremony. Those selected will make a memorable contribution to commencement. Eligibility criteria are the same ones listed above for prospective student speakers.

Each ceremony will have its own student singer. The selected singers will march in with the platform party and sit on stage during the ceremony. Student singers also receive

  • Reserved seating for their ticketed guests
  • A reserved parking spot adjacent to the Xfinity Center
  • A complimentary photo with President Miyares and the keynote speaker

Download the application instructions and click here to apply. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time November 6, 2017.