NYU Stern Graduate Convocation Class of 2022 Student Speakers

Make a lasting impression on the Stern community… Be a Student Speaker!

As previously announced, we are delighted to host Stern’s Graduate Convocation Ceremony for the Class of 2022 in-person on Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Keeping with tradition, the ceremony will feature two student speakers. All students meeting graduation requirements for the May 2022 ceremony are eligible.

To be considered, students must submit the following items to the Convocation Speaker Selection Committee at paffairs@stern.nyu.edu by 5pm ET on Monday, January 24:

  1. Full name, degree program and Net ID 

  2. Written copy of the full speech AND video file in .h264, .mp4, or .mov format of the 2-3 minute speech (length is non-negotiable) using a private Google Drive, YouTube or Vimeo (see filming tips)*

  3. Phone number where we can reach you 

Candidates who advance to the second round of auditions will have an opportunity to audition in-person (preferably) before the Convocation Speaker Selection Committee on the following dates and times. Video submissions will be reviewed again for candidates who are unable to travel to campus for the in-person audition:

  • Monday, February 7 from 5:00-6:30pm (KMC 1-100, Gardner Commons): Day 1 Auditions 
    (Note: we will do our best to schedule auditions at the beginning of this period and end early)

  • Tuesday, February 8 from 12:30-2:30pm (KMC 11-75, Cantor Boardroom) Day 2 Auditions  

When submitting your speech, please include your time availability for one of the audition dates listed above (i.e., "I am available from 5:00 - 6:30 pm on Monday"), or provide an explanation as to why you’re unable to attend the in-person auditions. If selected to advance to round two, you will be contacted by the Public Affairs office with your in-person audition time and location. 

Remarks could touch on any number of themes but work best when universal ideas are brought to life with personal experience. These themes might touch on:

  • How has Stern equipped you with the skills to thrive in a global business world where the only constant you can count on is change itself?

  • Describe the personal and professional growth you experienced during your time at Stern.

  • In what ways has the Stern community supported you and helped you navigate an environment with constant change?

  • How does a Stern education inspire you to impact business & society?

For more information, please attend one of two information sessions. Attendance at an info session is not required.

  • Wednesday, February 2: 5:30-6:00pm (Room TBD)

  • Thursday, February 3: 12:30-1:00pm (Room TBD)