Students asked to pick 2013 speaker

  Though a commencement speaker for this year has already been found, nominations are currently being accepted for the 2013 commencement.   Students are encouraged to elect someone that matches the criteria to be the commencement speaker, according to the office of the president’s website.   The standards looked for in a speaker include outstanding achievement for the benefit of the University, the state of Vermont or the world, the website stated. Also, the person must have shown commitment to the public and made contributions to academia.   The Board of Trustees honorary degree work group has been given the task of collecting nominations and compiling a final list of candidates to give to the president.   In addition to recommending speakers to the president, the work group also finds a candidate to receive an honorary degree, the website stated.   The deadline for submitting nominations for the commencement speaker and the honorary degree recipient is Feb. 20, 2012.   Students can find the form and additional information on the office of the president’s website: