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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 students to participate in the Student Commencement Speaker Series.  

  • Undergraduate students - May commencement ceremony
  • Graduate students - December commencement ceremony (visit graduate school page for information)

Eligible students may submit a written essay 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. 

May commencement deadline - February 27, 2017


Spring 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

naKelly Iden

Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting

Read Kelly's essay



Spring 2017 Alternate Commencement Speaker

Sara Cowger, Bachelor of Science in Business - Management 


Fall 2017 Graduate Commencement Speaker

Amanda Patterson - Masters in Business Administration (School of Business)  Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Bill Minnis

Alternate: Elyse Podwojski - Masters in Business Administration (School of Business)  Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Bill Minnis


Previous LCBAS Commencement Speakers

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

Gabrielle R. Brown, BSB Management

Fall 2015 Graduate Student Commencement Speaker

  Charles LeGrand, MA in Gerontology

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

Brittany William, BS in Family & Consumer Sciences

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Commencement Speaker

Kevin Hoene, MBA 

Spring 2014 Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

Erika Butler, B.S. in Business, Management