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Apr 15, 2024

Graduation speaker tryouts begin this week

Mortar board and a graduation diploma

by Braden Ortmeyer | staff writer

Auditions for speaking at graduation are Feb. 18 and 19 at 4:15 p.m. in the library conference room.

“They just show up, on Feb. 18–we are doing the welcome speech, Feb. 19 commencement address, and master of ceremonies is either day,” senior class sponsor Megan Cobb said. “There is no sign up for this.”

Mostly anyone can apply for a speaker position.

“The people that can apply are a student graduating summa, magna, or cum laude, or you are a class officer, or you are a student council officer, or you are a NHS officer,” Cobb said.

The auditioning process differs, depending on what the student applies for.

“[Students auditioning for the master of ceremonies] do not need to create anything on their own we have a script for them, where as the welcome address, commencement address students need to write their own speech and then practice at tryouts with their own speech,” Cobb said.

Unlike the welcome and commencement address speakers, the master of ceremonies has a unique role.

“The master of ceremonies is the glue that holds ceremony together, they are the one that introduces the platform of guests, what is coming up next, I mean they are the ringleader of graduation,” Cobb said.

If you are interested in being a master of ceremonies, extra steps must be taken to audition.

“If you want to be a master of ceremonies you need to come by my room A353 and pick up a master of ceremonies script to practice and audition,” Cobb said.

Students can look forward to a speedy response following their audition.

“A week after if you come to tryouts, whether you make it or not, you will receive a letter saying yay you made it or no you did not,” Cobb said.

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