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2018 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 will be featured during the Fall 2018 ceremony.

Announcing the 2018 selected graduate student speaker:

Victoria McDonald 



Victoria McDonald, Specialist in Educational Leadership- will speak at the 10:00 am ceremony and will be introduced by her faculty mentor Dr. David Bartz.

Read Victoria's essay here.


Chelsie Doughty, Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, was selected as the alternate speaker. Her mentor is Dr. John Bickford.