1ST PLACE: $600; 2ND PLACE: $400; 3RD PLACE: $200

Contestants must be eligible to and planning on marching at commencement. 
Speeches must be no longer than 7 minutes. 
(Don't ask, "How many pages is that?" Time what you produce and make the necessary adjustments.)

Electronic copies of all manuscripts must be e-mailed to Kirk Fuoss (, Randall Hill ( and Traci Fordham ( by Tuesday, 1 May 2012.

The top three finalists will be notified on Friday, 5 May, 2012.

The top three finalists will deliver their speeches some time the following week.

Speeches will be judged on a variety of criteria, including:


  • adherence to time limits;
  • clarity and/or appropriateness of the structure deployed;
  • originality and significance of the ideas expressed;
  • artfulness and appropriateness of the forms of supporting material deployed;
  • the extent to which the speaker creatively transcends the clichés associated
  • with the genre while nevertheless crafting a speech that is appropriate for the occasion; and
  • the extent to which delivery enhances the ideas expressed (finalists only).