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Valedictorian Speeches
Evaluation Guidelines
January 2015
Valedictory speeches fall under the category of “special occasion” speeches. As such, they are
more formal in tone and diction than other speeches, and strive to underline the values and
emotions of the audience. In short, the speaker speaks about what he or she believes are the
most important sentiments of the graduating class.
A valedictorian must show the evaluators
that he or she has mastered the basic components of speech design and delivery.
Valedictory
speeches are intended to be individual submissions.
Signs of a good speech design:
1. The audience should be able to follow the speech without ANY sense of confusion.
2. The audience should know that the speaker has moved from the introduction to the main
body of the speech, and from the main body to the conclusion.
3. The audience should know which point the speaker is making based on solid transition
words, e.g., “first”, “next”, etc.
4. The audience should feel that the speech has been appropriate and satisfied the needs of
the occasion.
Signs of a good speech delivery:
1. Energized, inspirational voice
2. Regular and direct eye contact
3. No distracting hand or body movement
4. Sufficient projection of the voice
Evaluation rubric:
Written statement
/3
Achievements +1 (bonus only)
Presentation /3
Content
/3
Thoroughness of application (draft supplied by deadline, etc.)
-1 (deduction only)
Arts Undergraduate Office / 2015
Valedictorian Speeches
Evaluation Guidelines
January 2015
Valedictory speeches fall under the category of “special occasion” speeches. As such, they are
more formal in tone and diction than other speeches, and strive to underline the values and
emotions of the audience. In short, the speaker speaks about what he or she believes are the
most important sentiments of the graduating class.
A valedictorian must show the evaluators
that he or she has mastered the basic components of speech design and delivery.
Valedictory
speeches are intended to be individual submissions.
Signs of a good speech design:
1. The audience should be able to follow the speech without ANY sense of confusion.
2. The audience should know that the speaker has moved from the introduction to the main
body of the speech, and from the main body to the conclusion.
3. The audience should know which point the speaker is making based on solid transition
words, e.g., “first”, “next”, etc.
4. The audience should feel that the speech has been appropriate and satisfied the needs of
the occasion.
Signs of a good speech delivery:
1. Energized, inspirational voice
2. Regular and direct eye contact
3. No distracting hand or body movement
4. Sufficient projection of the voice
Evaluation rubric:
Written statement
/3
Achievements +1 (bonus only)
Presentation /3
Content
/3
Thoroughness of application (draft supplied by deadline, etc.)
-1 (deduction only)
Arts Undergraduate Office / 2015
SPEECH CRITIQUE FORM
2015
Speaker: __________________________________
Topic:___________________________
CRITERIA
COMMENTS
DESIGN
/3
Introduction:
gained attention and interest
previewed topic
demonstrated importance of topic
Body:
main ideas clearly presented
relationship of ideas clear to audience
effective transitions
use of data
Conclusion:
provided summary
memorable statement
Language:
appropriate
interesting
Purpose:
purpose was clear
subject was appropriate to this audience
DELIVERY
/3
Voice:
conversational manner
loudness
articulation
Other Nonverbal Factors:
use of notes
posture
movement and gestures
eye contact
WRITTEN STATEMENT
/3
BONUS/DEDUCTION
+1/-1
TOTAL:
/9
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