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May 24, 2023
Commemorating our Graduating Class of 2023
Family, friends, and community members will gather to celebrate our graduating students’ accomplishments as they receive their diplomas on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the Field House.
The ceremonies will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook for those who can’t attend in person.
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For more detailed information about graduation and preparation, please visit here.
If you have any specific questions not answered on the webpage, please contact the Commencement Committee.
The commencement keynote speaker for each ceremony is a notable figure selected to offer advice and reflections to our graduating classes as they prepare to share their knowledge and skills gained at Gallaudet University with the world.
This year, we are honored to have two keynote speakers – Dr. Annelies Kusters of Heriot-Watt University for the graduate ceremony, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum of Mount Holyoke College for the undergraduate ceremony.
Associate Professor in Sign Language and Intercultural ResearchHeriot-Watt University, Scotland
Graduate Ceremony Speaker
Interim President, Mount Holyoke CollegeAuthor, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race
Undergraduate Ceremony Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient
These students speakers will share their journeys, insights, and advice to their graduating classes to prepare them for the future after Gallaudet University. It is an honor for these students to be selected as Undergraduate or Graduate Commencement Speaker.
Gallaudet University has selected undergraduate and graduate students to speak to their graduating classes since 1991. If you would like to know who were our previous student speakers, our Archives and Deaf Collections updates the list annually.
Master of Arts, Sign Language EducationMexico City, Mexico
Graduate Class of 2023 Speaker
Bachelor of Arts, EnglishAustin, Texas
Undergraduate Class of 2023 Speaker
A posthumous honorary degree will be awarded to Blanche H. Wilkins Williams, who in 1893 became the first Black Deaf alumna of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. Denied admission to Gallaudet because the college did not accept Black students at the time, she became a highly respected and much-loved teacher of Black Deaf students in North Carolina, Texas, and Illinois.
Doctor of Humane Letters
An honorary degree will be awarded to Dr. Tatum, interim president of Mount Holyoke College, best-selling author, civic leader, and a clinical psychologist. She is widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her 13 years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth.
Each year in May, we recognize the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated academic excellence and exceptional leadership in their fields.
Please join us in celebrating our Award recipients and their outstanding scholarly achievements!
Stay up to date on all Gallaudet happenings, both stories and initiatives with our Signing community!
Tickets are required for entrance to commencement. You must have a ticket by invitation of a graduating student, or be a volunteer, to attend.
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