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Suggestions now being accepted for 2012 Commencement speaker

February 02, 2011

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The University invites all students, faculty, staff, alumni and others to offer suggestions for the 2012 Commencement speaker. Suggestions can be made online at The suggestion site will remain open until March 18.

The Syracuse University Commencement speaker is chosen through an annual selection process that gives students, staff, faculty, alumni and others in the University community the opportunity to offer speaker suggestions via the website.  The process begins more than one year in advance of Commencement. The chosen speaker joins a long list of distinguished past speakers who have visited SU.

All names submitted through the website are compiled in an alphabetical, unranked list and sent to the official speaker selection committee, which is comprised of senior class marshals, student marshals from each of the University’s schools and colleges, and student representatives to the University’s Board of Trustees.

This all-student committee reviews the list of names. Following a thoughtful deliberation process, the committee presents a final, unranked list of proposed speakers to the Chancellor, who then reviews the list and makes a final choice on the basis of relevance to the SU community, availability and reasonableness of cost.

For full speaker criteria, visit the suggestion entry form at

Complete information on SU Commencement can be found at

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