Sophomore Welcome

Convocation 2017 will feature a sophomore student speaker who will bestow words of wisdom and share advice of their first year at WSU to the newest members of the Cougar Family.  The Welcome should be a reflection of the speaker’s first-year experience and share lessons learned while providing inspiration and direction for first-year students.


The Sophomore Welcome will be five minutes in length (500-600 words). Interested students who are on path to be sophomores in good academic standing during the Fall 2017 semester may submit a written abstract of their speech. Submitted scripts will be evaluated and finalists will be identified and invited to present a full version of their welcome to a committee of faculty, staff and student representatives who will identify the final speaker. Once selected, the Sophomore Welcome speaker will be required to meet in person with the Convocation staff for final review prior to the ceremony.

Sophomore Welcome Timeline

March 20 Application open
April 9 Application closes
April 12 Finalists notified
April 18 Finalist Present full speech to Committee
April 21 Chosen Sophomore Welcome speaker is notified
April 21 - May 5 Chosen speaker meets with Convocation staff and Communication Faculty
June 1 Final speech due
Aug 16 Speaker practices with Convocation staff and Communication Faculty
Aug 17 Convocation Dress Rehearsal at 3 p.m.
Aug 18 Convocation at 10 a.m.

Applicant Information

  • Applicant must be on track to achieve sophomore standing by Fall 2017 (first year students who may have a higher academic standing due to running start or AP/IB tests are still welcome to apply)
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Speeches should be no more than 5 minutes (500-600 words)
  • A draft (500-600 words) of welcome must be submitted with application by April 9
  • To submit your application:

Questions may be directed to John Nugent at or (509) 335-7182.