Apply for Speaker and Bell Ringer

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Fall 2018 Commencement Speaker and Bell Ringers


The Dean of Students Office is conducting a search for the Fall 2018 Student Commencement Speakers and Bell Ringers. Each role is a prestigious honor for the selected individuals.

The qualifications of the Commencement Speaker encompasses a graduating student of high academic qualifications and who demonstrates excellent character through leadership, service, and school spirit.  The selected candidate represents their peers in an articulate and meaningful way by reflecting on their experiences and education at UNC Charlotte during their Commencement ceremony.

The Bell Ringer performs the longstanding tradition of ringing the UNC Charlotte "victory bell", which was gifted to Ms. Bonnie Cone in 1961 when Charlotte College moved from its old site at Central High School to the current UNC Charlotte location.  The qualifications of the Bell Ringer encompasses an outstanding student leader who has demonstrated exemplary 49er spirit within organizations, volunteerism, and/or service to others.

One Speaker and one Bell Ringer will be selected for each ceremony during the Commencement ceremonies.

Applicants for both Commencement Speaker and Bell Ringer must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, be in good conduct standing, and meet graduation clearance requirements set forth by the Office of the Registrar to graduate in December.

Applicants for Commencement Speaker must upload a copy of their written draft of their 2-3 minute (maximum length) speech with their application AND a YouTube link of the video submission of their speech should be sent to the Dean of Students Office email address at The submitted draft should not be substantially revised after submission, though slight revisions of the chosen speech(es) may be suggested by the selection committee. Students are highly encouraged to utilize the services of the University Speaking Center prior to application submission in order to help craft ideas for their speech, and hone speaking skills prior to the audition. Finalists will be required to work with the University Speaking Center in coaching sessions to prepare for the delivery of their speech during the Commencement ceremony.

Online applications will be open from 8:00am on Monday, September 17, 2018 to 11:45pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Late applications will not be permitted. Commencement Speaker finalists will be selected to present their speech to a selection committee on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 8:30am-5pm, in the Dean of Students Office located in King 217. Once you have submitted an application, if you are selected as a finalists, you will be contacted for an audition time. If you are not able to be present for an in-person audition, you may submit a YouTube link. You may also use the services of the University Speaking Center to record your audition and submit to the Dean of Students Office via a YouTube link.

ALL applicants for Commencement Speaker and Bell Ringer will be entered into a prize drawing! Finalists will be invited to join Dean Davis for lunch on Reading Day, will be considered part of the Commencement platform party and sit with University dignitaries during their individual ceremony, and will have the opportunity to have a picture taken with the Chancellor on Commencement Day.

Apply for Speaker *be sure to upload a copy of your finalized speech

Apply for Bell Ringer