Calling all seniors: Nominate your Commencement speakers!


As much as we might hate to admit it, seniors, graduation is looming not-so-far on the horizon for us. Whether this has become apparent to you through your family’s incessant inquiries about your post-grad plans over Thanksgiving break (jeez, can’t you let me finish my turkey before staging an interrogation?!) or being buried alive in books at your thesis carrel, there’s no denying that that infamous day in May is approaching–and approaching quickly.

That terrifying prospect aside, Brown’s Commencement ceremony is unique in that it gives us the chance to nominate our own classmates to speak on behalf of the class of 2015. Earlier today, our Dean of the College Maud Mandel sent seniors an email reminding us of this opportunity. In case you missed it, Dean Mandel wrote: “Senior orators are nominated by Brown seniors and faculty. You may nominate two seniors for the honor; self-nominations are permitted. Criteria for selection include articulateness and wit, scholarship, activity within the University community, and an interest in public speaking.”

Feel as though you’re up for the task? Or know someone who is? Click here to nominate your classmate, roommate, peer, or person you don’t really know but admire from afar to be a senior orator. As soon as the nominations have been collected, nominees will be notified about the details of applying. The nomination period ends Wednesday, December 31 at 11 p.m.

Commencement happens only once for each of us, and Brown gives us the amazing opportunity and authority to design it as we see fit. Don’t miss this opportunity. And try not to cry too much into your diploma when the time comes to receive it.

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1 Comment

  1. John Smith

    I nominate Bill Cosby as the commencement speaker. Three reasons. 1. That is in keeping with our age-old effort to recognize the accomplishments of African Americans. 2. He will entertain (if he is in the mood), just as, for example, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson had in the past. 3. Even though Brown University and Chris Paxson will be condemned as a result by rape victims the world over, the university and its president are already supporting what Bill practices. So if we like rapists, let’s not be two-faced about it. Besides, Bill is a funny guy, and he has never raped me.

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