Student Orators

Student Orator

'Student Orator' is the name given to the graduate who makes the closing speech at their graduation ceremony.

Newcastle University Student Orators - July 2017

We will appoint one Student Orator for each Congregation ceremony in July 2017. If successful you would be speaking at your graduation ceremony on behalf of your cohort of students.

You will provide a unique contribution to make the day special and memorable for graduates, and their guests. It will be an unforgettable experience for you - one which will enhance your CV.

Your speech should last for around 5 minutes and be between 500 - 700 words.

To assist you, we have included the following guidance:

  • Your speech should be positive and uplifting.
  • Reflect on your time at University as well as talking about the graduation day and hopes for the future.
  • Do not be too specific to your course or subject area - you may be speaking on behalf of graduates from different academic schools as well as your own.
  • Perhaps mention how University life has benefitted you as a person, and students generally.
  • It is fine to acknowledge the importance of the support given by family and friends but don't include personal thanks or mention friends by name. 
  • You are welcome to include anecdotes of your time at University as long as the story is meaningful to the whole cohort (and suitable for the audience).  You can include stories of the famous Newcastle social scene but please do not include explicit reference to alcohol consumption.
  • Note that you will give the speech at the end of the ceremony so you can refer to ‘graduation’ in the past tense.
  • Avoid mentioning collecting your degree certificate in the context of the ceremony, as graduates will collect parchments after the ceremony from a different building.

Student Orators will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their contribution and a studio photography package with our official photographers free of charge.

When preparing your speech and practicing delivery, you might also find it useful to look at videos of past ceremonies.

If you have any questions about the role of Student Orator please contact us.

How to Apply

To apply to be the Student Orator for your ceremony in July 2017 please complete the Student Orator Application Form

The deadline for applications is Friday 31 March.


If you are short listed you will then be invited to audition for the role in front of a panel. Auditions will be held on 9, 10, 11 and 12 May in the King's Gate Building.