Graduates are invited to apply to be the Georgia Tech student Commencement reflection speaker at this semester's Commencement exercises. Both a graduate and an undergraduate student will be selected by a panel of faculty, administrators, and students to share an inspirational message at the respective fall ceremonies. Selected finalists must be graduates at their ceremony, in both academic and judicial good standing, and have a history of participation in campus and/or community activities.
The student reflection speaker will speak at the beginning of the ceremony and will rejoin his/her classmates on the floor. The reflection message—which should be two to three minutes in length—should also be secular in tone, providing inspiration to the graduates, recounting times with other Tech students, and calling the audience to action around a certain message. Applicants must feel comfortable speaking at a podium in front of a very large audience.