Faculty Speaker Nomination

Professor Troy Wood, 2018 AM ceremony faculty speaker

Words of Wisdom

Every year, graduating seniors from the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to nominate two faculty speakers to share some parting thoughts with their class at the morning and afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremonies. 

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominees must be professors in a department or program within the UB College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nominators must be eligible to graduate by June 2019 with a major in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Nominators must have both applied to graduate and registered to walk in their commencement ceremony.  
  • Nominators must submit their nomination in writing (see form below).
  • Nominations must be no more than 500 words in length. 
  • All submissions will be evaluated by a committee comprised of graduating College of Arts and Sciences students. From this pool, the committee will select one morning and one afternoon speaker.
  • Nominations must be submitted by March 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.

How to Nominate a Faculty Member

Please fill out the information below and attach a copy of your written nomination.

Meet Last Year's Speakers

Dr. Troy Wood (Morning)


Dr. Wendy Quinton (Afternoon)


What should I put in my nomination?

Your nomination should come from the heart, include memorable details and touch on relatable experiences. Some questions to ask yourself about the professor you're nominating:

  • How have they fostered a warm and collaborative environment in the classroom?
  • Why would their wisdom be meaningful to a diverse group of UB graduates?
  • How are they accessible, available and responsive to students? 
  • How do they positively impact the lives of their students?
  • What is the best advice they have offered to you?
Want More Help?

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With questions about the faculty speaker nomination process, please contact:

Anne Continetti
Coordinator of Strategic Programs