Resolution 05-41: SENIORS SPEAK

Number 05-41
Description member of graduating class speak at Commencement
Authored by Dimitri Andres
Carl Esposito
Ryan Hoopes
Sponsored by David Schnuatz
Zac Sanders
Date Submitted Monday, October 31, 2005
Date Considered Tuesday, March 21, 2006
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result Implemented
Remarks IMPLEMENTED. President Spaniolo agreed in principle, and said that he would try to incorporate it into next year's event. In May 2007, Political Science Senior Wajiha Rizvi was the first student to give a senior speech at graduation, following First Lady Laura Bush.
Whereas UT-Arlington created a Commencement Convocation last year as a way to recognize all the graduates of the university in addition to the ceremonies held by each college; and
Whereas That ceremony included university speakers as well as a keynote address; and
Whereas It is often customary to allow a representative of the graduating class to speak at similar events at other traditional universities.
Be It Further Resolved That The university creates a senior speaker program whereby graduating seniors be allowed to apply for the opportunity to represent the graduating class by delivering a speech at the Commencement Convocation; and
Be It Further Resolved That A selection committee shall narrow the applicant pool into a set of not more than 5 candidates. Then the students of UT-Arlington shall make the final choice of which student will be the Senior Speaker during the Spring elections; and
Be It Further Resolved That The application process, selection criteria, selection committee, and the election be organized and supervised jointly by the Office of Student Governance and the University's Graduation Committee.