We look forward to celebrating Commencement with you on Sunday, May 17, 2020! Our student speech is one of the highlights of the ceremony and, as in all universities, it’s quite an honor to be chosen. We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 student speaker.

Due Date

All nominations are due by March 1.

Nominate Yourself or Others 

The criteria for a student speaker is someone who is willing to share a bit about their student experience at MUIH and is able to deliver their speech in a way that is moving and inspirational to others. There are two opportunities to be involved in this process:
  1. Nominate yourself by completing the application and emailing your speech draft to . If selected, we will help you refine and finalize your speech.
  2. Nominate a fellow graduate by completing the application down below with their name and their program of study. We will contact them to determine their willingness to accept and submit a draft speech for review.

Note: If you are nominated by someone else, you will be notified no later than March 4 to determine your willingness to accept and submit a speech for review.

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  2. Email Address*
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  3. Are you nominating yourself or someone else?*
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  4. Nominee (Other than yourself)*
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Considerations for the Speech

The draft of the commencement speech should:
  • Come from the heart
  • Reflect on your student experience and key moments and memories while at MUIH
  • Align with or reference our guiding principles, philosophy, and/or values
  • Speak to the work you will take into the world as a result of your studies here
  • Include some reference to the impact of our community, your classmates, and/or your faculty
  • Be prepared with the understanding that you are presenting to graduates from all MUIH programs, both on campus and online, and not just your program
  • Take approximately four minutes to deliver

Speaker Responsibilities 

The chosen speaker will be expected to work with some of the staff at MUIH to refine and finalize their speech during the month of May and can receive some coaching to optimize their delivery.

Feel free to contact us at with any questions about this process or the content of the speech.

Whether you decide to submit a speech or nominate others, please know that the entire MUIH community is proud of your accomplishments and looks forward to honoring and celebrating you and your fellow graduates.