Announcing the Joan Donovan Speech Contest | St. Lawrence University Performance and Communication Arts

Announcing the Joan Donovan Speech Contest

1ST PLACE: $500; 2ND PLACE: $250; 3RD PLACE: $150


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 Allison Rowland ( by Monday, 2 May 2016.

The top three finalists will be notified on Friday, 6 May, 2016.

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).  

Good luck to all.