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2017 Commencement Speaker Competition

 To promote EIU's commitment to strengthening the academic and personal experience for our students and to showcase examples of exemplary writing and speaking, Eastern Illinois University introduced the Student Commencement Speaker Series in 2013 replacing the former student and faculty speaker traditions at Eastern.   The student speaker representing the Graduate School was featured during the Fall 2017 ceremony.

Announcing the 2017 selected graduate student speaker:

Fabian Rempfer 

Fabian Rempfer, Master of Arts in English- spoke at the 10:00 am ceremony and was introduced by his faculty mentor Dr. Angela Vietto.

Read Fabian's essay here.


Samantha Rawlings, Master of Arts in Aging Studies, was selected as the alternate speaker. Her mentor was Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke.