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:

May 25, 2021