Nominations and Applications Accepted for New Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker Process St. Thomas Newsroom February 3, 2014 Students, staff and faculty are invited to nominate a graduating senior for a new undergraduate student commencement speaker process. Graduating seniors who are eligible are welcome to self-nominate. To be eligible, students must be a graduating senior with a 3.0 GPA or above and be in good standing with the university. Nominations for this process from students, staff and faculty will be accepted until noon Monday, Feb. 17. Eligible students will be invited to submit materials to the committee, including a topic proposal and outline for the speech. The committee will review application materials and invite finalists to present a draft of their speech. Following these presentations, the committee will select one finalist to serve as the speaker for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 24. This process was developed using results from a review of best practices at other institutions of higher education.