Student speaker needed

Illustration by Patrick Hascall

WCC’s student government has begun accepting applications for commencement speaker at the 2015 graduation ceremony Saturday, May 16.

The speaker will give a three-minute speech on one of the following topics: the value of a liberal arts education, the value of a community college, or the value of giving back to the community.

The prospective speaker must be a student who graduated in either the summer or fall of 2014, or is scheduled to graduate in spring 2015.

He or she must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be involved in school activities, and feel comfortable speaking in front of a large group of people.


Interested speakers must turn in three things to be eligible:

1) A completed application, which can be found on the WCC home page.

2) A brief outline of the speech.

3) A brief biography explaining what makes them the best candidate.

All three items should be emailed to Ryan Perreira, career and workforce development counselor, at by March 17 to be considered.

All qualified applicants will present their speech before the ASUH Senate March 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Ākoakoa 232, the student activity center, and the winner will represent the graduating class of 2015.

The chosen speaker will then work with student advisors and a speech professor to fine tune his or her presentation.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is “your chance to have your voice heard and to celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow classmates,” said Kanoe Nakata, ASUH corresponding secretary.

by Bruce Collins, ASUH Senator