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 a faculty speaker for each of the two undergraduate commencement ceremonies to share some parting thoughts with their class.

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 2020 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 tbd.

How to Nominate a Faculty Member

Nominations are now closed.

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?

Visit the Center for Excellence in Writing to meet one-on-one with a writing consultant!


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

Anne Mecca
Coordinator of Strategic Programs