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Biology major Yexis Hechavarria was selected as the student commencement speaker for 2019.

NECC Student Commencement Speaker Nomination for 2020

If you have met a graduating student who has a grade point average of 3.5 or above* and has impressed you with the contributions he or she has made to the college and/or community, please consider nominating him or her as this year’s student commencement speaker.

There are Two Things Required for Each Nomination

  • Letter(s) of Support

    To nominate a student, draft a letter to the student speaker selection committee explaining why your nominee would be a good candidate for student speaker In your letter, you should address areas such as the extracurricular activities of your nominee; how your nominee contributed to the college and/or the community in which he or she lives and/or works; and the future educational and/or career plans of your nominee.

    While only one letter of support is required, nominees can have up to four additional letters of support. Also, we encourage you to include copies of news coverage, special awards or other items of interest that you would like the student speaker selection committee to consider.

  • Completed Nomination Form: Now Available Online

    You can now submit your nomination for student commencement speaker using our online Speaker Nomination Form. The online form allows you to enter the required information and easily upload your letter(s) of support. Of course if you prefer, you can still nominate a student speaker by submitting your materials by mail. Please send them to Ernie Greenslade, Northern Essex Community College, E Building, Room 164, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.

    *A 3.5 GPA is preferred.  If the student you are nominating has a GPA lower than a 3.5, please address this in your nomination, indicating why he or she is an outstanding candidate.


The deadline for submitting your nomination is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The Selection Process

The information you submit (letter of support, news coverage, special awards or other items of interest), as well as official transcripts will be considered by a committee of faculty and staff who will make recommendations to President Glenn. This is a very competitive process so please be sure that the materials you provide reflect the full scope of the individual you are recommending and clearly communicate why this person should be selected to represent the class of 2020.


It’s wise to let students know that you plan to nominate them for this honor since some many not feel comfortable speaking in front of an audience of 3,000 and may wish to politely decline.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ernie Greenslade at or call 978-556-3862.

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