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Poole Student Speaker

Presenting the student commencement address is a great honor and an opportunity to inspire, engage with, and share common experiences with your peers. We invite undergraduate students to apply to be the Poole College Commencement Speaker for the commencement ceremony.

Poole, Commencement
Hannah Elizabeth Semke addressing the class of 2019.

Apply to Become a Student Speaker

The Poole student speaker application will open from March 7 until April 8.

To apply, email a 5-7 minute video to poole_graduation@ncsu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

Below are some questions to cover during your speech:

  • What brought you and your classmates to this point?  
  • What have you learned along the way? 
  • How has your class embraced the Think and Do motto?  
  • How have you grown? 
  • And, most important, what’s next?  
  • What should you and your fellow graduates be considering to stay entrepreneurial in your mindset and inclusive in your attitude, as you “commence” – move on to a new beginning?  

The committee will review the video submissions and a selected student will be notified. A selected student will receive professional public speaking training before delivering the speech at PNC Arena.

Best wishes to you as you work to wrap up this final semester at NC State.

If you have any questions, email us at poole_graduation@ncsu.edu.

Dual Commencement Speakers

Poole College of Management has chosen both Jeannien Engelbrecht and Brian Sytsma to represent the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. Sytsma graduated in spring 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship while Engelbrecht represents the Jenkins MBA Program fall 2021 class. 

Brian Sytsma and Jeannien Engelbrecht