Senior Class Marshal Information

Two Syracuse University rising seniors will be selected in the spring of their junior year as all-University representatives for the Class of 2023, and will have unique opportunities throughout 2022-23 to engage with various University stakeholders, help select their Commencement speaker, and discuss their student experience and offer constructive suggestions with senior administrators.

Application Requirements and Process

  • Only current Syracuse University juniors, graduating in May 2023, who are enrolled in undergraduate programs are eligible to apply. (Must be on campus during the entirety of their senior year.)
  • All applicants must submit a complete application, an essay (maximum 600 words), an official Syracuse University transcript (available from the Office of the Registrar), and solicit recommendations from two nominators who are Syracuse University faculty or staff members.
  • Only the official online application form, plus one additional document for the essay, and official transcript (obtained from the Registrar, scanned and attached), should be submitted by the applicant. (Faculty/staff nominators must submit their recommendations independently online.) Additional information will not be considered.
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.

 Selection Process

  • Selection criteria will be based upon scholarship, academic honors, student organization involvement, campus and community service, exhibited school spirit, and a written essay.
  • The search committee, composed of the Division of the Student Experience staff, will interview selected finalists in March 2022 (exact dates TBD).

Role and Expectations

  • Marshals help recommend the Commencement speaker.
  • Marshals are offered opportunities and strongly encouraged to engage in at least one event with each of the following:
    • Alumni (through the Office of Alumni Engagement)
    • Division of the Student Experience (includes involvement in student organization sponsored events)
    • Office of Special Events (major public and private events involving the participation of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Provost and others)
  • Marshals have the opportunity to meet personally with a senior University administrator near the end of their senior year to discuss their SU experience and offer insights and suggestions.
  • Marshals lead their class during Commencement ceremonies.

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If you would like to nominate a student for Senior Class Marshal and understand the requirements and expectations as stated above, please submit the nomination form. Or, if a student has requested you submit a recommendation as part of their application, please complete the nomination form.

Nominate a Student

As a reminder, the Senior Class Marshals are different from the College Marshals, which are selected to represent each school and college.

For more information regarding the application process and timeline, please contact Courtney Albiker at