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Speech Night, a long-standing tradition at IU South Bend

Speech Night Finals

On Monday, December 6, come be a part of Speech Night, an IU South Bend’s tradition since 1982. Talented Public Speaking students are chosen by their peers and professors to present a persuasive speech to the audience.

Speech Night Finals will be a special evening featuring the winning speakers from the preliminary rounds, our Debate Team serving as guest speakers, as well as guest judges from the community.  This falls judges include Tom Dobson, Ericka Johnson and Pierre Quinn, who represent profit and non-profit organizations in South Bend and use public speaking within their careers. 

Public Speaking students have an opportunity to participate in Speech Night even if they were not chosen to present their persuasive speech. They can do so by being a master of ceremonies, timekeeper or usher. This allows for students to cheer on their fellow peers and be involved with this great IU South Bend tradition!

Speech Night began with three preliminary rounds, held November 29 – December 1. The final takes place in Campus Auditorium on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for Speech Night, but does require tickets, which can be acquired at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office, 574-520-4203..