2021 Senior Keynote and Student Reflections

Each year, Denison invites members of the senior class to submit commencement speeches to be considered for the senior keynote at the Commencement Ceremony. The winner is chosen in a competitive process by a committee of faculty, staff, and students. Only one speech can be chosen, however, all the finalists are exceptional. We share them with you here.

Senior Keynote:

This year’s Senior Keynote is President’s Medalist Sara Abou Rashed, an International Studies and Creative Writing double major with a concentration in Middle East and North African Studies. She is a talented poet and public speaker, who wrote and co-produced her own one-woman show, “A Map of Myself: My Odyssey to America,” which she has performed in many venues here on campus, in Columbus, and across the US. She has been a leader on campus working to promote the arts and cross-cultural understanding.

Student Reflections:

Posted Date 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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2022 Senior Reflections

Each year, students compete for the honor of being chosen as the student speaker at Commencement. Here are the submitted keynotes from three students.

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