The Office of Vice Provost of Student Affairs offers opportunities to acknowledge the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of all students. Below you will find the ways that the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs recognizes students.
During each Commencement ceremony, an undergraduate student has the unique opportunity to address their fellow graduates. Commencement speakers speak on behalf of the graduating class to provide well wishes, a reflection on their experiences at Illinois Tech, and their personal encouragement for the future. The Dean of Students Office spearheads the selection of the commencement speakers.
Applicants who wish to be the student Commencement speaker must meet the following qualifications:
- Currently enrolled student graduating in the year they apply
- In good academic and judicial standing (i.e. must hold a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate students)
- Can demonstrate and highlight positive points of growth and experiences as an Illinois Tech student
- Comfortable with public speaking
Finalists will be selected based on their submissions and will then present their draft commencement speech to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. The person who is selected will work closely with the student affairs team to refine their speech and get ready for the big day. The committee will make its decision after listening to all finalists.
The deadline to submit commencement speaker applications/resumes for the 2022-2023 academic year is Friday, March 17, 2023. Please email all resumes to Jackie McGhee at email@example.com.
Below you will find the awards that are facilitated through the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Office.
Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award
Illinois Tech Awards
Richard Babcock Leadership Award
Outstanding Commitment to Service Award
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
Outstanding First-Year Involvement Award
Outstanding Student Organization Award
Student Organization Advisor Award
Nominations must be submitted online. Nomination forms will become available during the awards season. Stay tuned for updates!