• Want to Represent the Class of 2021?

    Calling all Class of 2021 graduates!

    We invite you to apply to represent the Class of 2021 at the virtual celebration.

    Apply Now!

    The celebration will air online on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 1 p.m. 

  • Speaker Criteria

    Student Speaker Criteria

    • Completed or will complete a degree at LaGuardia Community College by Spring Session I 2021 (includes December 2020 and February 2021 graduates).
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
    • Demonstrated record of academic achievement, service and campus involvement
    • Embody the spirit of the graduating class and represent the College

    Applicants must be available to present their speech via online conference (to be held April 1 through April 26). Applicants should have access to a device with video and recording capabilities (Students without such devices may request to borrow one from CUNY).

  • Application Requirements

    Application Requirements

    Please be prepared to enter all required information on the application
    • A statement of interest telling us why we should pick you.
    • An outline of your proposed speech. Keep in mind that the speech will run no more than three minutes (this translates to 450-550 words).
    • Two references from LaGuardia faculty or staff. Please include their names and contact information.
    • An overview of academic and co-curricular accomplishments during your time at LaGuardia.

  • Commencement Books

    Suggested Speech Topics

    You may consider addressing one or more of the following topics in their speeches.
    Note that these are just suggestions, and you are welcome to structure your presentation around other ideas.

    • The transformative power of a LaGuardia Community College education.
    • Your personal development and future outlook.
    • How your personal experiences as a student shaped your educational journey at LaGuardia and developed a desire for you to want to make a change in the world.
    • Demonstrate a familiarity with LaGuardia's rich heritage.
    • Include examples from collegiate life, coursework, co-curricular involvement, reflection on the mission and vision and relationships developed with others at the College.

  • Students facing the stage

    Selection Criteria

    Completing college is both an ending and a beginning. It's an opportunity for graduates to reflect on what has been, while anticipating new, perhaps unknown, challenges. The most well-received speeches are those that have the most meaning for the largest number of people in attendance, reflect on the common experience and share, in a personal way, the value of the education received at LaGuardia Community College.

    The Selection Committee will be seeking a speaker that best fits the following criteria:
    • A message that suits the occasion
    • A speaker who delivers well
    • A speaker with presence

  • Selection Timeline

    March 26–April 23 Call for nominations; application open
    April 1–26 (tentative) Auditions held via video web conference
    April 28 (tentative) Class representative selected