Could you represent the Class of 2023 at your graduation, and leave a lasting impression of your time at York?

At each graduation ceremony in 2023, 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

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.

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Maria Dixon from the Department of Mathematics represented graduates in Ceremony 2, January 2022

If you're successful

For inspiration on what you might say, have a look at the videos on this page, showing student orators from the January 2022 graduations.

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Oration by Florence Shaw (York Law School) on behalf of graduates in Ceremony 4, January 2022.

How to apply

Applications will open for the July 2023 ceremonies in late April/May.

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Morgan Hopkins from the Department of Health Sciences speaks on behalf of the graduates in Ceremony 7, January 2022.


If you’d like to find out more, email