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Annual Institute Public Speaking Contest

The School of Communication is pleased to once again sponsor the 2016 Spring Semester Public Speaking Contest. Preliminary rounds will be held Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3. 

Rules for participation

  • Participants must be currently-enrolled RIT undergraduate or graduate students.
  • The general purpose of the speeches must be persuasive.
  • Multimedia (PowerPoint/Keynote) is NOT allowed.
  • A 6- to 8-minute time limit will be strictly enforced. Students will be cut off after 8 minutes.
  • Participants must arrive to their preliminary round on time, and must NOT enter or leave the room while someone is speaking. There will be as many as six speakers per round.

Registration closes on April 29 at 4PM. You will be notified of your speaking time/room assignment by email no later than Friday, April 29, at 5PM.

To register, email Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor ( with your desired speaking time. Please provide as many time options as possible. The time slots available are:

Monday, May 2

10:00-11:00 (EAS-2372) *Interpreter supported section

11:00-12:00 (LBR-A205)

12:00-1:00 (LBR-A205)

1:00-2:00 (LBR-A205)

2:00-3:00  (LBR-A205)

Tuesday, May 3

10:30-11:30 (Booth-1350)

11:30-12:30 (Booth-1350)

12:30-1:45 (Booth-1350) *Interpreter supported section