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Student Commencement Speaker Series

To promote Eastern's commitment to strengthening the academic and personal experience for our students and to showcase examples of exemplary writing and speaking, Eastern Illinois University invites undergraduate students to participate in the Student Commencement Speaker Series.  

Eligible students may submit a written essay to Dean Izadi in order to compete for a chance to be the commencement speaker and represent Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences during their commencement ceremony.  Faculty mentors are involved to assist the students in submitting essays and to provide guidance and support.  

Student Commencement Speaker Guidelines


Fall 2014 Student Commencement Speaker

Kevin HoeneKevin Hoene

Master of Business Administration - School of Business

Read Kevin's essay.







Alternate Student Commencement Speaker - Elyse Banovic

Management Major - School of Business

Read Elyse's Essay