Capilano University is looking for student speakers to address graduates at the 2024 Convocation Ceremonies.

Selected student speakers will present their address live at their specific ceremony.

A student addressing an audience at convocation

Student speaker eligibility and application

Find speaker eligibility criteria and application information below.

  • Applicant must be eligible to graduate at the next convocation ceremony
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Commit to attend and participate fully in the convocation ceremony, including any rehearsals
  • Complete the online application by April 22, 2024 with:

1. Contact Information

  • Name
  • Student ID
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Program 

2. Biography: A short bio of yourself will appear on the Convocation webpage should you be the successful applicant:

  • Name
  • Program credential you are graduating with
  • Highlight any awards received or associations you have participated in during your time at CapU
  • Please share an accomplishment in your studies that you are proud of
  • What two lessons have you learned on your journey as a student at CapU?
  • Now that you have your credential(s), what are your future ambitions?
  • Who would you like to thank for supporting your educational journey?

3. Video recording of statement of interest describing your engagement with Capilano University and the broader community, personal growth, how you got here, and challenges you’ve faced. Please record your Statement of Interest (maximum 2 mins) to convey how you would present your Convocation speech. This does not need to be your prepared speech but should serve as your introduction to your topic.

4. Include one letter of reference from staff or faculty and contact information for one other reference we can contact if needed.

5. Headshot: Be available for an on-campus headshot, Monday, April 29.

Student Speaker selection criteria

The Student Speaker Committee will consider the following when making their selection of student speakers: 

  • Clarity of ideas and speech content
  • Appeal to a broad audience & shared experiences with Capilano University students
  • Extent to which the speech represents the mission and values of CapU
  • Speaker’s delivery – well prepared, engaging, vocal variety, animated delivery, stage presence

When drafting the convocation address, consider the following: 

  • Relatability to other graduates
  • Inspiring
  • Authentic - in your own voice
  • Honouring the significance of the occasion – Reflective of the past, present, future
  • A call to action to your classmates

Student Speaker process

  1. Eligible and interested students are required to complete the online application form
  2. The Convocation Student Speaker Committee will review entries and choose student speakers
  3. The Committee will send the selected student a speech sample from past years and instructions for their role that day
  4. The committee will notify the selected speakers and unsuccessful applicants no later than two weeks after the deadline for submissions
  5. If necessary, selected speakers will work with Communications to refine their speech and delivery


Interested grads should submit their application package by Monday, April 22. Please ensure you grant access permissions to any files you submit. If you have any questions, please contact convocation@capilanou.ca.

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