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Student orators

Could you represent the Class of 2020 at Graduation, and leave a lasting impression of your time at York?

At each Graduation 2020 ceremony, there will be an opportunity for a graduating student to give a personal message to their classmates, family and friends. This could be you! We hope it will be an unforgettable experience - and one which could enhance your CV.

If you’re selected as a Student Orator, you’ll be awarded a certificate in recognition of your contribution, and a studio photography package free of charge.

For inspiration on what you might say, have a look at these two previous Orators:

Student orator ceremony 6

Student orator ceremony 11

How to Apply

To apply to become a Student Orator, complete the form below by 4 May.


Student orator application form


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on 5 May - interviews will take place on 12 May and can be face-to-face, online or by telephone. We’ll let you know whether your application is successful.

If you are chosen, you will need to present a first-draft of your three minute speech by 22 June.  Three minutes equates to between 300 and 500 words. Your speech should include the following:

  • brief thanks to the individuals responsible for your success;
  • an anecdote relating to your experience at York;
  • a reflection on what that experience has enabled you to learn and;
  • a conclusion reflecting on why that learning experience has been valuable, or what others in your graduating class can take away from it

We'll give you feedback on your draft, and you should then deliver a second draft of your speech by 6 July. You will be asked to rehearse in Central Hall on the week before graduation ceremonies take place. 


If you’d like to find out more, please email or call 01904 324394. Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon!