Theme & Speakers

Student Speaker Auditions

Graduating undergraduate seniors who want to be considered for graduation speaker will audition on Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2.

The doors will be closed for auditions at 4:00 p.m., so please be early.

  • Only graduating undergraduate students may audition for student speaker.  
  • Maximum speech length is FIVE MINUTES.  Presenters will be stopped after five minutes.
  • Auditions will be videotaped.
  • Speeches may incorporate the class theme if desired.

If you have questions, please call (360) 867-5185 or email

Graduate Student Speaker:  The selection process and date for the graduate student speaker auditions is determined in collaboration with the graduate programs.  If you have an interest or questions, contact your particular program staff.

Each year, graduating students vote for a class theme, guest speaker and organization to receive a class donation.

2015 Graduating Class Theme

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein

2015 Graduating Class Theme is reflected in the graduation program. Designers may use it in their t-shirt design submissions. The guest speaker, faculty and student speakers may choose to use it to guide their speeches. 

2015 Guest Speaker: Kshama Sawant

The graduating students chose Kshama Sawant as this year’s guest speaker.  We are happy to announce that she has accepted the college’s invitation.

Kshama Sawant is a Seattle City Council member and social justice activist.  As a Council member she pledges to be a voice for workers, youth, the oppressed and the voiceless.  She only accepts the average workers wage and donates the rest of her six-figure salary to building social justice movement.  A former software engineer from India, she became a part-time economics professor after emigrating to the US.  She held part-time teaching positions at SCCC and Seattle University and was a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University. Kshama is a member of Socialist Alternative, in solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, which organizes for working-class interests on every continent.

2015 Class Donation: Safe Place

Funds raised through the sales of the graduation T-shirts and announcements will be donated to an on- or off-campus organization.

The graduating students chose Safe Place to receive this year's donation. Safe Place is a women's shelter in Olympia.